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The Natural Environment and the Biogeochemical Cycles

The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry / the Natural Environment and the Biogeochemical Cycles

By P. J. Craig (Contributions by), J. Emsley (Contributions by), D. J. Faulkner (Contributions by), P.M. Huang (Contributions by)

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Format: Paperback, 258 pages, Softcover reprint of Edition
Other Information: 11 colour illustrations, biography
Published In: Germany, 01 August 2014
Environmental Chemistry is a relatively young science. Interest in this subject, however, is growing very rapidly and, although no agreement has been reached as yet about the exact content and limits of this interdisciplinary discipline, there appears to be increasing interest in seeing environmental topics which are based on chemistry embodied in this subject. One of the first objectives of Environmental Chemistry must be the study of the environment and of natural chemical processes which occur in the environment. A major purpose ofthis series on Environmental Chemistry, therefore, is to present a reasonably uniform view of various aspects of the chemistry of the environ- ment and chemical reactions occurring in the environment. The industrial activities of man have given a new dimension to Environ- mental Chemistry. We have now synthesized and described over 'five million chemical compounds and chemical industry produces about hundred and fifty million tons of synthetic chemicals annually. We ship billions of tons of oil per year and through mining operations and other geophysical modifications, large quantities of inorganic and organic materials are released from their natural deposits. Cities and metropolitan areas ofup to 15 million inhabitants produce large quantities ofwaste in relatively small and confined areas. Much of the chemical products and waste products of modern society are released into the environment either during production, storage, transport, use or ultimate disposal. These released materials participate in natural cycles and reactions and frequently lead to interference and disturbance of natural systems.

Table of Contents

The Atmosphere.- The Hydrosphere.- Chemical Oceanography.- Chemical Aspects of Soil.- The Oxygen Cycle.- The Sulfur Cycle.- The Phosphorus Cycle.- Metal Cycles and Biological Methylation.- Natural Organohalogen Compounds.

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EAN: 9783662135419
ISBN: 3662135418
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 1.5 centimetres (0.49 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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