The Azimuth Project
Biogeochemistry

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Biogeochemistry is the scientific discipline that involves the study of the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes and reactions that govern the composition of the natural environment (including the biosphere?, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, the pedosphere?, the atmosphere, and the lithosphere?). In particular, biogeochemistry is the study of the cycles of chemical elements, such as carbon and nitrogen, and their interactions with and incorporation into living things transported through earth scale biological systems in space through time. The field focuses on chemical cycles which are either driven by or have an impact on biological activity. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, sulfur cycle, and phosphorus cycle. Biogeochemistry is a systems science closely related to Systems ecology.

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