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Spectrochemical Analysis as a Tool in Geochemistry

Volume 6, Number 5 (Nov. 1952) Page 11-13

Ahrens, L.H.


"The tasks of geochemistry are firstly, to determine the composition of the earth, and secondly, to find the laws of distribution of the elements." This statement by the late V. M. Goldschmidt may be taken to convey what is usually meant by geochemistry. It need hardly be emphasized which of the two main aspects of geochemistry will be discussed here.