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Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis

Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis (GEEA) is a co-owned journal of the Geological Society of London and the Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG).

GEEA focuses on mineral exploration using geochemistry; related fields also covered include geoanalysis, the development of methods and techniques used to analyse geochemical materials such as rocks, soils, sediments, waters and vegetation, and environmental issues associated with mining and source apportionment.

Papers that seek to integrate geological, geochemical and geophysical methods of exploration are particularly welcome, as are those that concern geochemical mapping and those that comprise case histories. Given the many links between exploration and environmental geochemistry, the journal encourages the exchange of concepts and data; in particular, to differentiate various sources of elements.

GEEA is well-known for its thematic collections on hot topics. All abstracts are free to read on the Lyell Collection.

GEEA publishes research articles; reviews; editorial content and thematic collections. If you would like to propose a thematic collection, please get in touch with the Chief Editor.

About the journal

Chief Editor

Dr Scott Wood, Dean of Science and Mathematics at North Dakota State University, has been appointed Chief Editor of Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis (GEEA), from 1 August 2018. Read Scott Wood’s editorial in the May issue of GEEA:

Online in the Lyell Collection

All journal content is hosted online and accessible via the Lyell Collection (see link above). The journal publishes 4 issues per year.

Print journal

Online only and continuous publication

From 2021, the journal is published online only. Following acceptance, the accepted manuscript version of the article is made available online immediately. After completion of the production process, the final Version of Record is published directly in an issue. All accepted manuscripts and versions of record are hosted and accessible via the Lyell Collection.

The journal is abstracted and/or indexed in:

  • AGI’s Bibliography and Index of Geology
  • Chemical Abstracts
  • Current Contents
  • Engineering Index
  • GeoRef
  • Mineralogical Abstracts
  • GeoArchive
  • Thomson ISI database (SCIE, CCIPC & ES)

Recent GEEA highlights

Advances in exploration geochemistry, 2007 to 2017 and beyond
By Peter A. Winterburn, Ryan R. P. Noble and David Lawie

Mineral exploration under relatively young, exotic cover still presents a major challenge to discovery. Advances and future developments can be categorized in four key areas, (1) understanding metal mobility and mechanisms, (2) rapid geochemical analyses, (3) data access, integration and interoperability and (4) innovation in laboratory-based methods.

Application of ‘regolith-style' surface mapping in covered terrains outside of conventional lateritic terrains is achieving success in terms of reducing background noise and improving geochemical contrasts. However, process models for anomaly generation are still uncertain and require further research. The interaction between the surface environment, microbes, hydrocarbons and chemistry is receiving greater attention. 

Read more of 'Advances in exploration geochemistry' >>

Tree ferns and tea trees in biogeochemical exploration for epithermal Au and Ag in New Zealand
By C. E. Dunn and A. B. Christie

Biogeochemical orientation surveys were undertaken at low sulphidation epithermal Au–Ag occurrences in the Hauraki Goldfield–Coromandel Volcanic Zone and the Taupo Volcanic Zone, and at the Waiotapu active geothermal area in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Several plant species were sampled, including the foliage of tree ferns and tea trees.

The ferns – silver fern (ponga), rough tree fern (wheki) and black tree fern (mamaku) – were ubiquitous and were the easiest species to sample, although tea tree was the dominant genus at Waiotapu. At the Waiotapu geothermal area, significantly higher concentrations of Ag, Au, Sb, As, Cs and Rb were present in samples close to Champagne Pool than elsewhere, confirming its location as the main outflow source of Au, Ag and their pathfinder elements.

Read more of 'Tree ferns and tea trees in biogeochemical exploration' >>

Progress in remediation of polluted soils
Guest Editors: Jaume Bech (lead), Elena Korobova, M. Manuela Abreu, Carmen Pérez-Sirvent, Hyo-Taek Chon and Nuria Roca

This thematic collection is an outcome of the SSS8.4 Session ‘Progress in remediation for soils polluted by potentially toxic elements’, presented at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) Conference held in Vienna, April 2017. Soils are essential components of the environment, the basis of terrestrial ecosystems and a crossroad of biogeochemical cycles at the lithosphere-hydrosphere-biosphere-atmosphere interface.

Soils are a limited and vulnerable resource and soil quality must be preserved. Anthropogenic mismanagement through poor industrial and mining practices, overuse of agrochemicals, bad disposal of sewage sludge and waste, cause contamination, environmental and health concerns. Therefore soil pollution needs innovative and eco-friendly technologies for its remediation.

Read more of 'Progress in remediation of polluted soils' >>

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  • Impact Factor: 1.268
  • 5yr IF: 1.744
  • SJR: 0.334
  • SNIP: 0.598

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