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Biogeochemistry is an interdisciplinary science of chemical, microbiological, and physical processes, which are controlling regional and global cycles of elements and their compounds. Biogeochemists analyze the response of aquatic, terrestrial, and atmospheric systems to chemical changes induced by accelerated cycles of metals and organic substances, increased nutrient loads, and by greenhouse gas emissions.

Pollutant dynamics is the key word for studies on distribution, transformation, and the effects of anthropogenic compounds. This integrative science follows an agenda to predict the pathways and the fate of organic and inorganic pollutants in environmental systems to quantify their transformations and to assess their effects on organisms.

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