A New Paradigm for Environmental Geochemistry

  • John A. C. Fortescue
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 35)


Kuhn (1970) noted that during the evolution of a scientific discipline major changes in thinking occur at irregular intervals. He called such changes “paradigms.” In this chapter landscape geochemistry is viewed as a new paradigm for environmental geochemistry. But before it is described from this viewpoint, let us outline briefly the evolution of thinking and action in geochemistry since the turn of the century.


Mineral Exploration Environmental Geochemistry Geochemical Anomaly Exploration Geochemistry Landscape Geochemistry 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. C. Fortescue
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  1. 1.Environmental Trace Substances Research CenterUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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