, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 199–239

Biogeochemistry: its origins and development

  • Eville Gorham

DOI: 10.1007/BF00002942

Cite this article as:
Gorham, E. Biogeochemistry (1991) 13: 199. doi:10.1007/BF00002942


The history of how aspects of biology, geology and chemistry came together over the past three centuries to form a separate discipline known as biogeochemistry is described under four major headings: metabolic aspects, geochemical aspects, biogeochemical cycles, and the origin of life. A brief chronology of major conceptual advances is also presented.

Key words

biogeochemistry cycles history origins 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eville Gorham
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Evolution and BehaviorUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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