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Thermodynamic properties for arsenic minerals and aqueous species

January 1, 2014

Quantitative geochemical calculations are not possible without thermodynamic databases and considerable advances in the quantity and quality of these databases have been made since the early days of Lewis and Randall (1923), Latimer (1952), and Rossini et al. (1952). Oelkers et al. (2009) wrote, “The creation of thermodynamic databases may be one of the greatest advances in the field of geochemistry of the last century.” Thermodynamic data have been used for basic research needs and for a countless variety of applications in hazardous waste management and policy making (Zhu and Anderson 2002; Nordstrom and Archer 2003; Bethke 2008; Oelkers and Schott 2009). The challenge today is to evaluate thermodynamic data for internal consistency, to reach a better consensus of the most reliable properties, to determine the degree of certainty needed for geochemical modeling, and to agree on priorities for further measurements and evaluations.

Publication Year 2014
Title Thermodynamic properties for arsenic minerals and aqueous species
DOI 10.2138/rmg.2014.79.4
Authors D. Kirk Nordstrom, Juraj Majzlan, Erich Königsberger
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry
Index ID 70189944
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Toxic Substances Hydrology Program; National Research Program - Central Branch