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biogeochemical Syllabification: bi·o·ge·o·chem·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˌbīōˌjēōˈkemək(ə)l/

Definition of biogeochemical in English:


Relating to or denoting the cycle in which chemical elements and simple substances are transferred between living systems and the environment.
Example sentences
  • This component of the trees is largely involved in the biogeochemical cycles in forest ecosystems, through nutrient removals at harvest and nutrient translocations throughout stand rotation.
  • Indirect effects are feedbacks on ecosystem structure and function through many pathways, which include altered competitive relationships among species, biogeochemical cycles and carbon budgets.
  • Technically, this is called ‘closing the biogeochemical cycle.’


Pronunciation: /-ˈkemist/
Example sentences
  • Braun and Pfeiffer's research sets forth ‘a circumstantial case with good chemical support;’ says Julie Bartley, a biogeochemist at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
  • At 5 km deep, the water at this site - which scientists have dubbed station ALOHA - has ocean layers that mix just as much as they do in more remote waters, says David M. Karl, a biogeochemist at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.
  • Now, the simplest way to look at this is, sort of a friend of mine, Vladimir Vernadsky, the famous Russian biogeochemist, who defined what he called the ‘Noösphere.’
Pronunciation: /-ˈkeməstrē/
Example sentences
  • Fine roots are an important source and sink for nutrients in terrestrial biogeochemistry.
  • Because interactions of hydrology, geomorphology, and biology greatly complicate nitrogen cycling in estuaries, a complete understanding of the biogeochemistry of nitrogen in estuaries is lacking.
  • Chapter Twelve, by Phillipe Van Cappellen discusses global biogeochemical cycles; as the author says, the chapter introduces concepts of these cycles and concludes with a discussion of the carbon cycle, central to biogeochemistry.
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