Theoretical Geochemistry: Applications of Quantum Mechanics in the Earth and Mineral Sciences

Hardcover | September 1, 1992

byJohn A. Tossell, David J. Vaughan

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This work is based on the observation that further major advances in geochemistry, particularly in understanding the rules that govern the ways in which elements come together to form minerals and rocks, will require the application of the theories of quantum mechanics. The book thereforeoutlines this theoretical background and discusses the models used to describe bonding in geochemical systems. It is the first book to describe and critically review the application of quantum mechanical theories to minerals and geochemical systems. The book consolidates valuable findings fromchemistry and materials science as well as mineralogy and geochemistry, and the presentation has relevance to professionals in a wide range of disciplines. Experimental techniques are surveyed, but the emphasis is on applying theoretical tools to various groups of minerals: the oxides, silicates,carbonates, borates, and sulfides. Other topics dealt with in depth include structure, stereochemistry, bond strengths and stabilities of minerals, various physical properties, and the overall geochemical distribution of the elements.

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This work is based on the observation that further major advances in geochemistry, particularly in understanding the rules that govern the ways in which elements come together to form minerals and rocks, will require the application of the theories of quantum mechanics. The book thereforeoutlines this theoretical background and discus...

John A. Tossell is at University of Maryland. David J. Vaughan is at University of Manchester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 1.5 inPublished:September 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195044037

ISBN - 13:9780195044034

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Experimental Methods3. Theoretical Methods4. Application of Quantum Mechanical Methods to Simple Inorganic "Molecules" of Relevance to Mineralogy and to Oxide Minerals5. Applications to Silicate, Carbonate, and Borate Minerals and Related Species6. Applications of Bonding Models to Sulfide Minerals7. Applications in Mineral Physics and Chemistry8. Applications to Geochemical Problems9. The Future

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"This is a welcome contribution that presents a comprehensive account of the research of the authors and of others concerning the quantum theory of electronic energy levels in geologically interesting materials and of the related experimental spectroscopy....Chapters 4,5, and 6...are excellentpresentations....A most welcome account of the advance of knowledge in this special interdisciplinary field." --Geochimica and Cosmochimica Acta