geochemistry

noun

geo·​chem·​is·​try ˌjē-ō-ˈke-mə-strē How to pronounce geochemistry (audio)
1
: a science that deals with the chemical composition of and chemical changes in the solid matter of the earth or a celestial body (such as the moon)
2
: the related chemical and geologic properties of a substance
geochemical adjective
geochemically adverb
geochemist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To trace its origins, the research team conducted a study of the geology and geochemistry of the mine, including a detailed mapping of the underground mining facility. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2019 The lake’s ecosystem is hemorrhaging, agreed Carie Frantz, an associate professor of geochemistry and geobiology at Weber State University who also studies the Great Salt Lake’s microbialites. Sofia Jeremias, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Dec. 2022 Ken Farley, a professor of geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, serves as the mission’s Project Scientist. Jeffrey Marlow, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2017 Carie Frantz, an associate professor of geochemistry and geobiology at Weber State University who also studies the Great Salt Lake’s microbialites, agreed sediment stirred up by dredging is a cause for concern. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Dec. 2022 The wreck’s hazardous pollutants continue to impact nearby marine microbiology, as well as the geochemistry of the seafloor, according to new research published Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 18 Oct. 2022 With its cutting-edge methods and possibilities for the future, the discovery is exciting, said Paul Asimow, a professor of geology and geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 16 Sep. 2022 There’s a lot of geochemistry and structural geology about water that’s going to be important for the sustainability of the park. Katherine Lagrave, Outside Online, 25 Feb. 2019 Initially, the rock textures and geochemistry defied classification. Nadia Drake, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of geochemistry was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Geochemistry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geochemistry. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

geochemistry

noun
geo·​chem·​is·​try ˈjē-ō-ˈkem-ə-strē How to pronounce geochemistry (audio)
: a science that deals with the chemical composition of and chemical changes in the solid material of the earth or of another body (as the moon)
geochemical adjective
geochemist noun

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