- © 2016 Mineralogical Society of America
Efforts to understand geochemical processes in Earth’s materials have repeatedly revealed their complexity and the need to understand mechanisms at finer and finer spatial scales. This has driven us to probe deeper than the “continuum scale,” into fractures, pores, grains, coatings, nanopores, and molecules themselves. Recent rapid advances in imaging and computational power have enabled molecules in small spaces to whisper their secrets to us.
In this volume, editors Carl Steefel, Simon Emmanuel, and Larry Anovitz have collected in one place the current state of knowledge on pore-scale geochemical processes. The chapters are written by leading experts on an array of topics ranging from materials characterization, to mineralogy and surface chemistry, to reaction thermodynamics and kinetics, and to reactive transport modeling. Quoting Steefel, Beckingham, and Landrot, “New capabilities … offer the potential for a paradigm shift in the Earth Sciences that will allow us to understand and ultimately quantify such enigmas as the apparent discrepancy between laboratory and field rates … and the impact of geochemical reactions on the transport properties of subsurface materials.”
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