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Geochemists use physical and inorganic chemistry to investigate the amount and distribution of chemical elements in rocks and minerals. They also study the movement of those elements into soil and water systems. They use organic chemistry to study the composition of fossil fuel deposits.
Their research guides oil exploration, can help improve water quality and is also used to develop plans to clean up toxic waste sites. They can be employed by oil and gas companies, consultancies, research facilities and education institutions.
Laboratory tasks usually include:
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