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.

Latest Geochemical Perspectives

Volume 4, Number 1
April 2015

Hydrothermal Processes
by Hubert L. Barnes

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The April 2015 issue of Geochemical Perspectives features the story of Hydrothermal Geochemistry as described through the memories of Hu Barnes, one of the great geochemists whose work has shaped our understanding of ore deposit formation. Hu’s research path spans over 7 decades and addresses discoveries related to reactions controlling the formation of many ore metal deposits, knowledge that we take today for granted. Some think ore deposit research is passé, but only through the painstaking research that Hu and his students, postdocs and collaborators have carried out was it possible to develop guidelines of how to go about looking for ore deposits and these are the norm for the explorations of crucial metals which in turn drive and sustain our society.

2014 Impact Factor: 8.1
2013 Impact Factor: 8.2

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Future issues written by:
Bill White, John Jones, Richard Walker, Herbert Palme, Martin Sharp & Martyn Tranter and many others.

In preparation

v3n2_cover_184Natural Resources in a Planetary Perspective
by Harald Sverdrup & K. Vala Ragnarsdóttir 

The subsequent issue of Geochemical Perspectives will feature ‘Natural Resources in a Planetary Perspective’, by Harald Sverdrup & K. Vala Ragnarsdóttir. This perspective surveys the current global resources of elements and energy. Using models based on biophysical economic principles they provide estimates of the total global supply of these resources and how long these supplies will last. What is most remarkable is how many of these resources critical to society will be declining in availability over the next few decades. By surveying historic evidence they show how resources are linked to the wealth of nations and prospering societies, and how the loss of basic resources will alter society. Sverdrup and Ragnarsdóttir continue by providing recommendations of that effective resource recycling and management policies are needed to provide a sustainable world for future generations.

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

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.