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Aquatic Pollution: An Introductory Text, 3rd Edition

Aquatic Pollution: An Introductory Text, 3rd Edition
Author: Edward A. Laws
ISBN 13: 9780471348757
ISBN 10: 471348759
Edition: 3
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2000-08-24
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 672
List Price: $175.00

A clear, straightforward presentation of concepts and issues in aquatic pollution

This comprehensive introductory text presents a systematic study of pollution in oceans, lakes, streams, and underground aquifers. In a clear, straightforward style that is easily accessible to nonscientists, it describes the sources, features, and effects of thirteen different types of aquatic pollution.

Fully updated to reflect current understanding and recent developments, this Third Edition of Aquatic Pollution covers every aspect of pollution associated with urban runoff, acid rain, sewage disposal, pesticides, oil spills, nutrient loading, and more. Case studies of major pollution sites such as Lake Erie, Three Mile Island, and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal help to illustrate points made in the general discussion. Important features of this new edition include:
* Updated discussions of nonpoint source pollution, industrial pollution, thermal pollution, pathogens, metals, plastics, and more
* New case studies of Chesapeake Bay and the Exxon Valdez
* Beginning-of-chapter outlines
* End-of-chapter study questions
* New special section on units of measurement
* Four chapters on the fundamentals of ecology and toxicology

Aquatic Pollution, Third Edition, is a first-rate teaching and learning tool for courses in environmental science, zoology, oceanography, biology, and civil or sanitary engineering. It is also an excellent primer for policymakers and activists focused on environmental issues.


A textbook for an undergraduate course in environmental science, zoology, oceanography, biology, or civil and sanitary engineering. Laws (oceanography, U. of Hawaii) includes enough material for two quarters, and says that some would have to be skipped to fit into one semester, especially if cases of local interest were incorporated. The third edition primarily update case studies, as the 1992 second did for the first, published about a decade earlier. It might also be used as a reference for professionals and for public policy decision makers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)