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Geochemistry & The Biosphere: Essays by Vladimir Vernadsky

By Vladimir Vernadsky

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Publication Date: March 19, 2012 ISBN: 9780907791362 Categories: , , , ,

Vladimir Vernadsky


Vladimir Vernadsky (1863-1945) was a Russian geochemist and mineralogist who is considered to be one of the founders of geochemistry and biogeochemistry. This complete translation of his ground-breaking work, The Biosphere, is essential reading for anyone looking to comprehend the nature of the Earth in its planetary, cosmic scale.

The term “biosphere” which is much used today was first introduced to scientific world in 1926 when Vernadsky published a monumental research paper entitled “The Biosphere” (first published in English in 1984 by Synergetic Press). Vernadsky continued to work on theory of the biosphere till the end of his life.This definitive edition of Vernadsky’s ‘The Biosphere”, also includes the translation of his second major book written near the end of his life entitled “Essays in Geochemistry. This combined publication offers the English-speaking reader the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of Vernadsky’s comprehensive thinking.


Geochemistry and the Biosphere: Essays by Vladimir I. Vernadsky is the meticulously edited and accessible first English translation of the original Russian essays by Vladimir I. Vernadsky (1863-1945). Vernadsky is the highly venerated father of several geo-based disciplines, including geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and radiogeology. He wrote the first scientific theory about the “biosphere,” the life zone of the earth, and in the process laid the groundwork for planetary thinking. Geochemistry and The Biosphere contains Vernadsky’s groundbreaking work on the biosphere and the noösphere, as well as his seminal work on geochemistry. A recognized catalyst written over sixty years ago, this premier scientific work addresses in detail humanity’s impact on the living systems of the planet. An understanding of Vernadsky’s work is absolutely crucial to grasping planetary processes and acting as better stewards of the earth.

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    Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through professionals.
    —E.J. Kormondy, Emeritus, Unviersity of Hawa’ii, Choice: Current Review for Academic Libraries

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