Crossing disciplines and scales to understand the critical zone

Susan Louise Brantley, Martin B. Goldhaber, K. Vala Ragnarsdottir

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Abstract

The Critical Zone (CZ) is the system of coupled chemical, biological, physical, and geological processes operating together to support life at the Earth's surface. While our understanding of this zone has increased over the last hundred years, further advance requires scientists to cross disciplines and scales to integrate understanding of processes in the CZ, ranging in scale from the mineral-water interface to the globe. Despite the extreme heterogeneities manifest in the CZ, patterns are observed at all scales. Explanations require the use of new computational and analytical tools, inventive interdisciplinary approaches, and growing networks of sites and people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-314
Number of pages8
JournalElements
Volume3
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007

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  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Brantley, Susan Louise ; Goldhaber, Martin B. ; Vala Ragnarsdottir, K. / Crossing disciplines and scales to understand the critical zone. In: Elements. 2007 ; Vol. 3, No. 5. pp. 307-314.
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In: Elements, Vol. 3, No. 5, 01.10.2007, p. 307-314.

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