Geochemical Perspectives is a journal independent of major publishing houses, entirely run and edited by and for the geochemical community. Geochemical Perspectives is published by the European Association of Geochemistry.


Each issue of Geochemical Perspectives presents a single article with an in-depth view on the past, present and future of a field of geochemistry, seen through the eyes of a highly respected member of our community. The articles combine science and history of the field’s development and the scientist’s opinions about future directions. We expect personal glimpses into the author’s scientific life, how ideas were generated, pitfalls and triumphs along the way, and how ideas were adopted to carry our field further. Perspectives articles are intended for the entire geochemical community, not for experts. They are not reviews or monographs or text books. They go beyond the current state of the art, providing opinions about future directions and impact in the field.

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Volume 4, Number 2
October 2015

Probing the Earth’s Deep Interior Through Geochemistry
by William M. White

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The October 2015 issue of Geochemical Perspectives tells the story of how isotope and trace element geochemistry have elucidated the evolution of the Earth’s mantle through the window of basaltic volcanism over the last 50 years. The composition of mid-ocean ridge basalts show that the upper mantle bears the geochemical scars of partial melt extraction to form the oceanic and continental crust. In contrast, the geochemistry of oceanic island basalts produced by mantle plumes rising from the deep mantle show that this region has been extensively polluted by material recycled from the Earth’s surface through subduction, subduction erosion, and continental foundering. Nevertheless, at least some unprocessed primitive material appears to survive in the mantle, but manifests itself only occasionally in the isotopic composition of noble gases. Thus geochemistry reveals that the Earth’s surface and deep interior are intimately connected and the entire planet operates as an integrated system.

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