Organic Geochemistry

Organic Geochemistry
The Official Journal of the European Association of Organic Geochemists (EAOG). This International Journal published by Elsevier is for the Rapid Publication of Current Research in Organic Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry. Organic Geochemistry serves as the only dedicated medium for the publication of peer-reviewed research on all phases of geochemistry in which organic compounds play a major role.

The Editors welcome contributions covering a wide spectrum of subjects in the geosciences broadly based on organic chemistry (including molecular and isotopic geochemistry), and involving geology, biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry, chemical oceanography and hydrology. The scope of the journal includes research involving petroleum (including natural gas) coal, organic matter in the aqueous environment and recent sediments, organic-rich rocks and soils and the role of organics in the geochemical cycling of the elements. Sedimentological, paleontological and organic petrographic studies will also be considered for publication, provided that they are geochemically oriented. Papers cover the full range of research activities in organic geochemistry, and include comprehensive review articles, technical communications, discussion/reply correspondence and short technical notes. Peer-reviews organised through two Chief Editors and a staff of Associate Editors, are conducted by well known, respected scientists from academia, government and industry. The journal also publishes reviews of books, announcements of important conferences and meetings and other matters of direct interest to the organic geochemical community.

Editors in Chief:
J.R. Maxwell
L.R. Snowdon

Introduction to Organic Geochemistry (2nd Edition)

Steve and Vanessa Killops have got back the rights to ‘An Introduction to Organic Geochemistry’. They are happy to share with all the Organic Geochemistry community by means of a link to on the webpage as a free download from their website. I think that this is a fantastic news for EAOG that adds a really useful document for students and researchers.

About this book:
Organic geochemistry is the study of the transformation of organic matter of all types, whether of biological or man-made origin, in the Earth System. These transformations range from those mediated by biological processes involved in the production of living tissue and the operation of food-chains, to those controlled by temperature and pressure at depth in the crust, and by photochemical processes in the atmosphere and hydrosphere.
The book does not assume any particular specialist knowledge – explanatory boxes are used to provide essential information about topics and techniques. Technical terms are highlighted and explained at their first appearance in the text.

SI units are presented in Appendix 1, prefixes used to denote exponents in Appendix 2 and a geological time scale in Appendix 3. A comprehensive reference list, featuring articles in readily available journals, enables exploration of the original sources of concepts and case studies.

The text serves undergraduate and postgraduate courses in which organic geochemistry is an important component. It may also be found a useful companion by experienced scientists from other disciplines encountering organic geochemistry for the first time. The revised second edition considers the fate of organic matter in general, including important aspects of environmental geochemistry. Major environmental changes in the geological past are considered as a basis for assessing modern perturbation of the carbon cycle.

We are pleased to make this text available for educational purposes – each chapter title is a link to a pdf of the text.

Stephen Killops
Vanessa Killops
Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2005. 393p.

EAOG News Letter

The EAOG NwLt is of interest for EAOG members and non-members.

The EAOG NwLt is packed full of informative articles, general info and news of interest. These include regular sections with short EAOG Chairman’s reports about the acitvities of the society, minutes of the EAOG Board and General Meetings, updates from EAOG events including IMOG meetings, EAOG awards and travel award reports, recognitions to EAOG members, job offers, most downloaded papers in OG and also a bit of humour.

The EAOG NwLt is served via e-mail lists. For contributions or if you wish to register to the EAOG NwLt mail list, please contact J.A. González-Pérez

J.A. González-Pérez
F.J. González-Vila

EAOG News Letters. Issues available (PDF format)

Note: Got a copy of the missing issues 1, 2 and 4? send it to J.A. González-Pérez

An island origin – Leaf wax alkanes of Tenerife in 1960


The 26th IMOG Conference held in the Island of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) was dedicated to Prof. Dr. Geoffrey EGLINTON that in the early 60’, together with Dick HAMILTON and the local Prof. Antonio GONZÁLEZ-GONZÁLEZ (1917-2002), developed the biomarker proxi in organic geochemistry when analysing leaf waxes of Canarian endemic Crassulaceae species.

In this line, the fist Plenary Conference in the 26th IMOG was given by Prof. EGLINTON, unfortunately he was not able to attend the meeting in person but made his speach in the form of this well documented video (23 minutes and 32 seconds).