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Environmental geochemistry at the global scale

January 1, 2000

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2000
Title Environmental geochemistry at the global scale
DOI 10.1144/jgs.157.4.837
Authors J. Plant, D. Smith, B. Smith, L. Williams
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of the Geological Society
Series Number
Index ID 70022545
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center