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Impact of Heavy Metals on the Environment

Series: Trace Metals and Other Contaminants in the Environment

Edited By: JP Vernet


Hardback | Dec 1992 | #22101 | ISBN: 0444895221
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Highlighted in this compilation of papers is the role and importance of heavy metals in the environment. It provides up-to-date information in a field of active research and progress, where the focus is on effects and interactions between the environment and organisms, as well as contaminant dynamics. Several papers address the impact of heavy metals on our health. The influence of metals on plants is described in an exhaustive study on lichens, which have been widely used as biomonitors for environmental contamination by heavy metals. Metals are also accumulated by animals, as seen in a chapter which focusses on sediment/benthic organism interactions and biomonitoring in fish. Soil interactions are discussed, as well as regional studies of freshwater sediments and the marine environment. The final part of the book addresses a crucial problem: the management of stabilized municipal waste sludges. As a result, the most important and significant recent trends are included, emphasizing interactions with and impacts of heavy metals on humans, animals, plants and soils.


Preface. Health effects of metals. Lead release from human trabecular bone (K. Bercovitz, D. Laufer). Mercury contamination in fishermen of the lower north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (C. Laliberte et al. ). Body lead distribution in children: physiological significance of biomarkers values vs age and curvilinear of linear relations with a first order kinetic (A. Steenhout). Interactions of metals on plants. Lichens and heavy metals in the environment (J. Garty). Interactions of cyanobacteria and microalgae with caesium (S.V. Avery, G.A. Codd, G.M. Gadd). Bio-accumulation of metals on animals. Bioavailability of sediment-bound metals for benthic aquatic organisms (J.-C. Amiard). Biomonitoring of mercury in european eel (Anguilla anguilla L. ) in the Netherlands, compared with pike-perch (Stizostedion lucioperca): statistical analysis (H. Pieters, P. Hagel). Lead poisoning in waterfowl : field and experimental data (C. Amiard-Triquet et al.). Soil interaction. Biogeochemistry of copper and cadmium in unpolluted forests (C. Keller, F.-L. Domergue, J.-C. Vedy). Sustainable management of cadmium in Danish agriculture (J. C. Tjell, T.H. Christensen). Trace metal dynamics in forest soil organic horizons in the eastern and central United States (A.J. Friedland). Mobilizable metal in anthropogenic contaminated soils and its ecological significance (S.K. Gupta). Radionuclides as chronometers and tracers. Pollution source reconnaissance using stable lead isotope ratios ( 206/207 Pb) (M. Kersten et al. ). Regional studies: sediment and water environment. Evolution of trace metal cycles in limed industrially-polluted lake (M. Camusso, G. Tartari, A. Zirino). Trace metals in sediments and waters: case study from Egypt (I.H. Elsokkary). Dynamic process in relation to heavy metal distributions in surficial sediments : the example of lake Geneva (D. Span et al. ). Uranium enrichment in surface and ground waters of the Alpine Rhone watershed (J. Dominik et al. ). Wastewater. Long-term effects of mine land reclamation using municipal sewage sludge (W.E. Sopper). Author index. Index.

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