Environmental Soil Chemistry Second Edition By Donald L. Sparks Department of Plant and Soil Science University of Delaware
Clearly and concisely written for undergraduate and beginning graduate students of soil science, Environmental Soil Chemistry, 2nd Edition is accessible to all students and professionals of environmental engineering and science. Chapters cover background information useful to students new to the discipline, including the chemistry of inorganic and organic soil components, soil acidity and salinity, and ion exchange and redox phenomena. Discussion also extends to sorption/desorption, oxidation-reduction of metals and organic chemicals, rates of pollutant reactions as well as technologies for remediation of contaminated soils. New to the 2nd Edition is discussion of several important developments in soil chemistry such as synchrotron-based spectroscopic & microscopic techniques and molecular environmental science. Supplementary reading lists, sample problems, and extensive tables and figures make this textbook accessible to readers.
· Provides students with both sound contemporary training in the basics of soil chemistry and applications to real-world environmental concerns
· Timely and comprehensive discussion of important concepts including:
o Sorption/desorption o Oxidation-reduction of metals and organics o Effects of acidic deposition and salinity on contaminant reactions o Molecular environmental science including synchrotron radiation, and spectroscopic and microscopic techniques
· Boxed sections focus on sample problems and explanations of key terms and parameters
· Extensive tables on elemental composition of soils, rocks and sediments, pesticide classes, inorganic minerals, and methods of decontaminating soils
· Clearly written for all students and professionals in environmental science and environmental engineering as well as soil science
Related Titles Kassem & Nannipieri (eds.) - Methods in Applied Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry (1995, ISBN: 0-12-513840-7)
Coleman & Crossley - Fundamentals of Soil Ecology (1995, ISBN: 0-12-179725-2)
Paul & Clark - Soil Microbiology & Biochemistry, 2nd Edition (1996, ISBN: 0-12-546806-7)
Hillel - Environmental Soil Physics (1998, ISBN: 0-12-348525-8)
From Reviews of the first edition:
"... [a] welcome addition to a small but growing number of soil chemistry textbooks available for use in advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses... Replete with tables and figures that are effective and that readers will find particularly useful. A great many references are cited in the text, and supplementary readings are provided at the end of each chapter... well written, readable, and provides coverage of the important chemical principles and processes operating in a soil environment. ... a useful reference to students and scientists in the fields of geochemistry, hydrology, soil science, civil and environmental engineering, and related fields."
A textbook for an advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate course for students in either soil science or environmental engineering and science. The only introductory textbook to apply soil-chemistry processes and principles to environmentally important reactions, including sorption/desorption and oxidation/reduction of metals and organic chemicals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)