By R J P Williams, Ros Rickaby
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Exchange around Zn2+, Cu2+ and Fe2+ is fast but it is much slower around Ni2+. that in many cases equilibrium holds. 15 Oxidation state changes are also generally fast. Catalysis does not just apply to chemical transformation of organic molecules but as mentioned before it can be applied to the activation of precipitation. There is an energy barrier to crystal nucleation and thus precipitation of for example calcium carbonates. Particular surfaces can assist the nucleation process (or even stop it) and can be selective in the crystal form chosen, for example aragonite or calcite in shells.
8. Here we consider a ground state forced to a higher energy condition by absorption of energy such as light, and on its way back, it is held temporally but often for long periods, in an energised trap. 3 avoids fluorescence or immediate energy transformation to heat loss by transferring it from an intermediate state to energised chemicals on either side of a membrane. An energised trap3 could also have arisen during rapid cooling of the initial state of very hot matter. 9),14 as the energy barriers are generally too high.
5). Fortunately this is true for many inorganic ionic reactions and reactions of small molecules in solution with one another and with surfaces so that we can apply equilibrium considerations to them, for example incorporation of trace elements in sediments. The flow of other geological systems extends from extremely slow diffusion and movement of such bodies as tectonic plates to the faster motion of materials from volcanic activity and of the mixing of layers of the sea. Again we can select the agents we wish to discuss in these bodies so that we know which have motions fast enough to come to equilibrium locally.