The celebration of 35 years is a great moment to reflect on Applied Geochemistry’s publication milestones, which often shaped their respective research areas. In our special program “AG Classics,” we select and highlight those key publications. When possible, the journal will invite authors and a few commentators, who work in the same area and might have been influenced by the paper, to create a virtual panel discussion to present their perspectives on the evolution of the topic and identify the current frontiers, knowledge gaps, and research needs. We anticipate that this initiative will engage researchers all over the world with various backgrounds and eventually present valuable documentation of the journal’s history and the discipline of geochemistry at large.
Issue 1. Pauline Smedley discusses her review on arsenic in natural waters
Smedley and Kinniburgh (2002) A review of the source, behaviour and distribution of arsenic in natural waters, AG 17(5) 517-568
In the first issue of AG Classics, Huaming Guo (China University of Geosciences), Lichun Wang (Tianjin University) and Pauline Smedley (British Geological Survey) discuss her 2002 classic paper “A review of the source, behaviour and distribution of arsenic in natural waters.” This is the most highly cited paper on arsenic geochemistry, with over 7400 citations since its publication in 2002. Here, Pauline, Huaming, and Lichun discuss the paper and arsenic geochemistry in natural waters.
Issue 2. Yanxin Wang discusses his 2009 paper on the Genesis of arsenic/ fluoride-enriched soda (Na-HCO3) water
Wang, Y., Shvartsev, S. L., & Su, C. (2009). Genesis of arsenic/ fluoride-enriched soda water: a case study at Datong, northern China. Applied Geochemistry, 24(4), 641-649.
This issue of AG Classics is a conversation with Yanxin Wang, Kirk Nordstrom, and Xianjun Xie. Yanxin Wang is lead author of the 2009 AG paper “Genesis of arsenic/fluoride-enriched soda water: a case study at Datong, northern China” and Professor and President, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), and IAGC Fellow. Kirk Nordstrom is a Senior Scientist (Emeritus) at the US Geological Survey, IAGC Fellow, and GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer. Xianjun Xie is a Professor at China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and Associate Editor of AG.
Issue 3. Sheng Guoying and Peng Ping'an discuss Fu and Guoying (1989), a review on biomarkers in crude oil source rocks in China
Fu, J., & Guoying, S. (1989). Biological marker composition of typical source rocks and related crude oils of terrestrial origin in the People's Republic of China: a review. Applied Geochemistry, 4(1), 13-22.
This issue of AG Classics is a conversation with Sheng Guoying (Professor Emeritus, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences) and commentator Peng Ping’an (Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences). They discuss the paper by Fu Jiamo (1933-2015; Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Guoying on biomarkers crude oil source rocks from China.
In this issue, Yan Zheng (School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology) discusses her seminal work on arsenic in groundwaters in Bangladesh entitled “Redox control of arsenic mobilization in Bangladesh groundwater” with commentators Joseph Ayotte (Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, New England Water Science Center) and Jing Sun (Professor, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences)