310 pages, Illus
This book combines earth science, subsurface hydrology and environmental geochemistry, providing a comprehensive background for specialists interested in the protection and sustainable management of the subsurface environment. The reader is introduced to the chemistry of contaminants, which usually disturb the natural equilibrium in the subsurface as a result of human activity. The major focus of the book is on contaminant reactions in soil solutions, groundwater and porous media solid phases, accounting for their persistence and transformation in the subsurface, as they are transported from the land surface into groundwater. Discussions on selected case studies are provided.
From the reviews: "Contaminant geochemistry is the collection of physical and chemical processes that determine the behavior of contaminants beneath Earth's surface. ! The book by Berkowitz and co-authors ! focuses almost exclusively on the geochemistry of organic contaminants. It discusses both water-saturated and variably saturated systems. Its level is appropriate for scientists familiar with general aqueous geochemistry ! and those interested particularly in the geochemistry of organic contaminants. The book is structured in a clear and coherent manner." (Ian C. Bourg, Vadose Zone Journal, Vol. 9, 2010)
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