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Environmental geochemistry at the global scale

Journal of the Geological Society

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Abstract

Land degradation and pollution caused by population pressure and economic development pose a threat to the sustainability of the Earth's surface, especially in tropical regions where a long history of chemical weathering has made the surface environment particularly fragile. Systematic baseline geochemical data provide a means of monitoring the state of the environment and identifying problem areas. Regional surveys have already been carried out in some countries, and with increased national and international funding they can be extended to cover the rest of the land surface of the globe. Preparations have been made, under the auspices of the IUGS, for the establishment of just such an integrated global database.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Environmental geochemistry at the global scale
Series title:
Journal of the Geological Society
Volume
157
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of the Geological Society
First page:
837
Last page:
849
Number of Pages:
13