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Carbon in the Geobiosphere

- Earth's Outer Shell -

  • Unusual in the field in that it deals almost exclusively with carbon in the Earth’s surface system:

  • its biogeochemistry, geologic history, and relevance to the modern problem of rising atmospheric CO2 and climatic change

Part of the book series: Topics in Geobiology (TGBI, volume 25)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XXI
  2. Brief Overview of Carbon on Earth

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 1-22
  3. Earth’s Volatile Beginnings

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 23-60
  4. Heat Balance of the Atmosphere and Carbon Dioxide

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 61-88
  5. Carbon Dioxide in Natural Waters

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 123-164
  6. Isotopic Fractionation of Carbon: Inorganic and Biological Processes

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 165-191
  7. Sedimentary Rock Record and Oceanic and Atmospheric Carbon

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 193-223
  8. Weathering and Consumption of CO2

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 225-254
  9. Carbon in the Oceanic Coastal Margin

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 255-287
  10. Natural Global Carbon Cycle through Time

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 289-317
  11. The Carbon Cycle in the Anthropocene

    • Fred T. Mackenzie, Abraham Lerman
    Pages 319-341
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 343-402

About this book

Carbon and carbon dioxide always played an important role in the geobiosphere that is part of the Earth’s outer shell and surface environment. The book’s eleven chapters cover the fundamentals of the biogeochemical behavior of carbon near the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, minerals, waters, air-sea exchange, and inorganic and biological processes fractionating the carbon isotopes, and its role in the evolution of inorganic and biogenic sediments, ocean water, the coupling to nutrient nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, and the future of the carbon cycle in the Anthropocene.

This book is mainly a reference text for Earth and environmental scientists; it presents an overview of the origins and behavior of the carbon cycle and atmospheric carbon dioxide, and the human effects on them. The book can also be used for a one-semester course at an intermediate to advanced level addressing the behavior of the carbon and related cycles.

 

Keywords

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Coast
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geochemistry of Water and Sediments
  • Geology
  • Ocean
  • Oceanography
  • biosphere
  • ecosystem
  • environment
  • environmental change
  • geochemistry
  • marine
  • temperature

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Mackenzie and Lerman's book is the culmination of two splendid careers dedicated to understanding the carbon cycle. It’s everything you always wanted to know about carbon biogeochemistry past, present, and future." Lee R. Kump, Dept. of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, USA

"Majestic in scope; this text builds from fundamentals to front-line research, showing the pivotal role of the carbon cycle in earth system science." Rob Raiswell, University of Leeds, UK

"Using skills honed from decades of leadership in the field, Mackenzie and Lerman ably guide us along the pathways of carbon cycling in Earth’s outer layers. This is an essential journey for anyone interested in the origin and evolution of life and its fate under human influence." Tim Lyons, University of California, Riverside, USA

"This text is one in a series of books from Springer on ‘Topics in Geobiology’-the broad discipline that covers the history of life on Earth. … aimed at upper-undergraduate or graduate level, this book is a contemporary appraisal of knowledge on the global carbon cycle and should become the standard reference manual for all those involved in the fight against climate change. It is difficult to think of a more important book for one of the greatest issues facing humanity in the 21st century." Dr. Jeffrey P. Obbard, Journal of Environmental Quality, Vol. 35 (5), 2007

"Research and other professional groups concerned with Earth’s carbon budget will welcome this nearly encyclopedic review by two experienced, widely respected geochemists. The depth of the discussion is highly professional, grounded in more than 700 bibliographic references. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." T. R. Blackburn, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (10), 2007

"This is an excellent and up-to-date source information on the stated Carbon in the Geobiosphere. It is well produced and carefully edited" J.W. Morse, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, USA, Aquatic Geochemistry, Vol. 13, 2007

"Mackenzie & Lerman … book is a good reference for many questions on the carbon geochemistry. Eleven chapters examine a number of aspects of carbon geochemistry, namely its complete cycle, fractionation and anthropogenic impact. All chapters present numerous and various information. … The book is ended with a good subject index. Illustrations in this book are numerous and all are helpful." (Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie Teil II, Vol. 3-4, 2007)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Oceanography, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, U.S.A.

    Fred T. Mackenzie

  • Department of Geological Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, U.S.A.

    Abraham Lerman

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 149.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-4238-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 249.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)