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Environmental Geochemistry of Potentially Toxic Metals 9783540420309

Environmental Geochemistry of Potentially Toxic Metals

ISBN-10: 3540420304
ISBN-13: 9783540420309
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PUBLISHER: Springer
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Product Description: Contamination of the earth's ecosystems by potentially toxie metalsl metalloids is a global problem. It will likely grow with our planet's increasing populations and their requirements for natural resources (e. g., water, food, energy, waste-disposal sites) and metals-based goods. The health impacts of pollution from the ingestion of heavy metals/metalloids via respiration, food, and drinking water are most often long-term and manifest themselves in many ways. These include, for example, disminution of mental acuity, loss of motor control, critieal organ dysfunction, cancer, chronie illnesses and con comitant suffering, incapacitation, and finally death. The incidence and geographie distribution of disease (epidemiology) has been well-documented historieally and in modern times for toxic metals triggered diseases in humans, animals and vegetation. The role of the environmental geochemist and colleagues in environ mental sciences is to scientifically evaluate how to manage metalsl metalloids at sources or in-situ so as to alleviate or eliminate their negative health impacts on living populations. This is initiated by identifying sources and by developing models of the physieal, chem ieal and biologieal controls on mobilization, interaction, deposition and accumulation of potentially toxie metals/metalloids in source systems and earth ecosystems. Prom this knowledge base, environ mental scientists (e. g., geologists, chemists, biologists, environmen tal engineers, physicists/meteorologists) work together to develop Preface VI concepts and technologieal methodologies to preserve global eco systems. Their concerted efforts are equally focussed on devising strategems to remediate ecosystems still carrying heavy metals/metal loids pollutant burdens from ancient and modern societies.

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