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The Biogeochemistry of Iron in Seawater

Series on Analytical and Physical Chemistry
of Environmental Systems
- Vol. 7

David R. Turner and Keith A. Hunter

John Wiley & Sons, 2001
[ISBN 0-471-49068-7]

Intensive research carried out during the 1990's (known as the "Iron Age of Oceanography") provided a wealth of new information and this title, written by acknowledged experts and reviewed by international specialists, provides the authoritative and comprehensive review of the subject area.

The proposal that a lack of iron can limit phytoplankton growth in the oceans was first put forward in the 1930's but it was not until the 1980's that developments in clean sampling and analytical techniques had advanced sufficiently to allow accurate measurements of iron at trace levels. The field has now advanced to a stage where a critical analysis of progress to date can be of considerable benefit to the research community as a whole.

A joint venture between SCOR and IUPAC, it expertly addresses the current state of knowledge of the biogeochemistry of iron in seawater and covers:

    • Chemical speciation
    • Analytical techniques
    • Transformation of iron

It includes evidence for iron limitation of primary production of High Nutrient Low Chlorophyll (HNLC) areas in the ocean and offers a wealth of new information. Structured into a series of chapters it has been reviewed by international specialists- SCOR (Scientific Committee for Ocean Research) and IUPAC (International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry). Ideal for scientists studying the environmental impact of metals and their role in marine ecosystems; Marine Scientists and Oceanographers; Environmental Analytical Chemists. The final chapter summarises the conclusions of the book and discusses the priorities for future research.

396 pages

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<book announcement published in Chem. Int. 24(2) 2002>


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