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Environmental Chemistry at a Glance

Ian Pulford, Hugh Flowers

ISBN: 978-1-405-13532-0 September 2006 Wiley-Blackwell 144 Pages


Environmental chemistry is an increasingly popular option on many chemistry courses, is a degree subject in its own right at some institutions, and is a key part of many environmental, earth and life science courses.
Environmental Chemistry at a Glance illustrates both the operation of chemical processes in the environment and their integration with physical and biological processes. While the emphasis is on environmental chemical processes, the material in the book is placed in the wider context of the physical and biological sciences, giving an integrated approach to the environment from a chemist’s point of view and providing background information in these other disciplines for the environmental chemist.
Based on the highly successful and student friendly “at a glance” approach, the information is presented in integrated, self contained double page spreads of text and illustrative material, to facilitate the rapid assimilation, understanding and recall of critical concepts, facts and definitions. Students wanting a comprehensive and accessible overview of environmental chemistry will find this book an ideal source of the information they require. In addition, the structured presentation will provide an invaluable aid to revision for students preparing for examinations.
1. Rocks and Minerals.

2. Weathering Processes.

3. Clay Minerals.

4. Hydrous Oxides.

5. Humified Organic Matter.

6. Flocculation and Dispersion of Clays, Oxides and Organic Matter.

7. Ion Exchange.

8. Adsorption.

9. Solubility Processes.

10. Complexation and Chelation by Organic Matter.

11. Ph and Buffering.

12. Redox Potential.

13. Soil Development.

14. Soil Horizons and Soil Profiles.

15. Common Soil Types.

16. Soil Texture.

17 Soil Structure and Aggregation.

18. Sediments - Processes.

19. Sedimentary Environments.

20. The Hydrological Cycle.

21. The Freshwater Environment.

22. The Marine Environment.

23. The Atmosphere.

24. Atmospheric Processes.

25. Nutrient and Energy Flows in The Biosphere.

26. Diversity of Microorganisms.

27. Inorganic Plant Nutrients.

28. Temperature of Environmental Systems.

29. Soil Water.

30. Aeration and Gas Exchange.

31. The Carbon Cycle.

32. The Nitrogen Cycle.

33. The Sulfur Cycle.

34. The Phosphorus Cycle.

35. The Potassium Cycle.

36. Sources of Pollution.

37. Pesticides.

38. Fertilisers in Agriculture.

39. Nitrate Leaching.

40. Nitrate in Drinking Water.

41. Sewage Treatment.

42. Environmental Impacts of Sewage.

43. Contaminated Land.

44. Organic Contaminants in The Environment.

45. Heavy Metals.

46. Environmental Impacts of Mining.

47. Radioactivity.

48. Environmental Impacts of Radioactivity.

49. Global Warming and Climate Change.

50. The Ozone Layer.

51. Damage to The Ozone Layer.

52. Acid Rain

"Students wanting a comprehensive and accessible overview of environmental chemistry will find this book an ideal source of information." (International Journal of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, July 2008)

"The 'at a glance' series aims to facilitate the rapid assimilation, understanding and recall of critical concepts, facts and definitions, using a succinct format, and does what it says on the tin ... What the book does very well is to provide an overview of each topic in a double page layout. It would be suitable as an adjunct to lecture or other learning material for undergraduate students, and could also serve well as revision notes and/or as an aide memoir." (Chemistry World)

"Overall, this is an excellent text ... All the main topics one would want are there ... It should be a key book on every library shelf." (Teaching Ecology Group)

"The book is well organised and laid out, with simple and straightforward navigation around the topics." (Physical Science Education Reviews)

  • Based on the highly successful “at a glance” series

  • Contains all the key principles required to gain a solid understanding of environmental chemistry, presented in a highly graphical way to aid assimilation, understanding and recall

  • Structured presentation, with self contained double page spreads of linked text and illustrations, guides the student through the information and provides a logical framework to aid revision