The discipline of environmental geochemistry and health establishes and explains links between the natural or disturbed chemical composition of the earth’s surface and the health of plants, animals and people. Beneficial elements regulate or promote enzymatic and hormonal activity whereas other elements may be toxic. Bedrock geochemistry controls the composition of soil and hence that of water and vegetation. Environmental issues, such as pollution, arising from the extraction and use of mineral resources, are discussed. The effects of contaminants introduced into the earth’s geochemical systems are examined. Geochemical surveys of soil, water and plants show how major and trace elements are distributed geographically. Associated epidemiological studies reveal the possibility of causal links between the natural or disturbed geochemical environment and disease. Experimental research illuminates the nature or consequences of natural or disturbed geochemical processes.

Environmental Geochemistry and Health publishes original research papers, short communications, review papers, topical collections of papers and special issues across the broad field of environmental geochemistry. Papers may be theoretical, interpretative or experimental. Coverage includes papers that directly link health and the environment.

However, papers should not be submitted that are of local interest only and do not advance international knowledge on addressing environmental geochemistry and health issues. Articles that simply replicate known knowledge or techniques while researching a local geochemical problem will normally be rejected without review

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  • Publishes original research papers, short communications and reviews across the broad field of environmental geochemistry
  • Surveys soil, water and plants to show how major and trace elements are distributed geographically
  • Includes research papers directly linking health and the environment
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Volume 43

Issue 12, December 2021

Special Issue: Geochemistry, Soil Contamination and Human Health. Part 1

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    The outbreak of coronavirus-induced infectious diseases has seriously threatened public health in the 21st century. During 2002-2003, the emergency of SARS caused 8,098 infection cases; in 2012, the outbreak of MERS-CoV resulted in 2519 infection cases and 866 associated fatalities. Currently, COVID-19 is rapidly spreading around the world and has triggered a global public health emergency.

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  • The Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH)

    The Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) was established in 1971 to provide a forum for scientists from various disciplines to work together in understanding the interaction between the geochemical environment and the health of plants, animals, and humans. 

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