geochemistry

noun
geo·chem·is·try | \ˌjē-ō-ˈke-mə-strē \

Definition of geochemistry 

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 geological properties of a substance

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Other Words from geochemistry

geochemical \ˌjē-ō-ˈke-mi-kəl \ adjective
geochemically \ˌjē-ō-ˈke-mi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
geochemist \ˌjē-ō-ˈke-mist \ noun

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That has allowed them to determine the aquifer's size and depth, as well as the geochemistry of its water. Isaiah Esipisu, The Christian Science Monitor, "In sustainability search, Kenya studies the unknown depths of its aquifers," 2 July 2018 In any case, Webster said the methane apparently works its way into the atmosphere from sub-surface reservoirs of some sort, places where non-biological geochemistry is going on or where microbial life might somehow flourish. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA's Curiosity rover finds potential building blocks of life on Mars," 8 June 2018 On the way to allowing life to evolve, the rise of oxygen also transformed Earth’s rocks and thus fundamentally altered our planet’s geochemistry. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Primeval Salt Shakes Up Ideas on How the Atmosphere Got Its Oxygen," 22 Mar. 2018 Her own achievements led her to become the first woman awarded the Miyake Prize for geochemistry and first woman elected to the Science Council of Japan. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Today's Google Doodle Honors Pioneering Japanese Scientist Katsuko Saruhashi," 22 Mar. 2018 The research was presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Paris earlier this week. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Silver Composition in Coins Confirms the Story of the Rise of Rome," 16 Aug. 2017 This seemingly miraculous feat happens because of the local geology and some tricky geochemistry. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "First ‘Negative Emissions’ Plant Opens in Iceland, Turning Atmospheric CO2 Into Stone," 19 Oct. 2017 The research was presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Paris earlier this week. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Silver Composition in Coins Confirms the Story of the Rise of Rome," 17 Aug. 2017 The job of answering this question fell to Kenneth Farley, a project scientist on the Mars 2020 rover mission and a professor of geochemistry at California Institute of Technology. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Congressman asks scientists if they’ve found ancient civilizations on Mars," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of geochemistry

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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geochemistry

noun
geo·chem·is·try | \ˌjē-ō-ˈke-mə-strē \

Kids Definition of geochemistry

: a science that deals with the chemical composition of and chemical changes in the earth's crust

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