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Geochemistry is the application of the science of chemistry to understanding the Earth and the universe in which it exists. With its roots dating back centuries to rudimentary investigations of rocks, minerals, and metals, geochemistry has evolved to become a modern science. Swiss chemist Christian F. Schönbein was the first to coin the term “geochemistry” in 1838, but geochemistry as a discipline did not emerge until the late 1800s. Today, geochemistry has broadened into many subdisciplines including aqueous geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, biogeochemistry, organic geochemistry, and cosmogeochemistry. Geochemists study the interaction of elements in the oceans, the geochronology of meteorites, the origins of life, geochemical cycles, environmental interactions, and the geochemistry of shale gas.

Although geochemistry is a mature science, new discoveries are continually emerging. Geochemists play key roles in investigating climate change, renewable energy, solutions to hypoxia in critical bodies of water, and still-hidden resources. Many challenges remain, therefore geochemists continue their scientific quests.

Authors are invited to submit articles to the Geochemistry section of Geosciences. Since our collective goal is to advance our knowledge of geochemistry, articles addressing the multiple subdisciplines of geochemistry are enthusiastically welcomed.

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