By: Edward A Laws(Author)
740 pages, b/w illustrations, tables
Since the publication of the third edition of Aquatic Pollution: An Introductory Text in 2000, there have been many major developments within the field in terms of research, regulations, and also large-scale catastrophes that have had a significant impact on the aquatic environment; the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Fukushima nuclear disaster have taken their toll, and research on ocean acidification has developed enormously over the last decade. Recognizing, controlling, and mitigating aquatic pollution on a global scale is one of the most important and most difficult challenges facing society today.
Fully updated to reflect current understanding and discussing these major recent developments, this fourth edition of Aquatic Pollution: An Introductory Text 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, all original to this new edition, help to illustrate points made in general discussion.
Offering unprecedented depth of coverage, and discussing both fresh and sea water environments, this unique text provides a key teaching and learning tool for courses in environmental science, zoology, oceanography, biology, and civil or sanitary engineering, as well as a vital book for government policy makers. It is also an excellent primer for policymakers and activists focused on environmental issues.
Review of the third edition:
"Each pollution issue is made clear and interesting by using one or more examples."
– International Journal of Environment & Pollution, Vol. 15, No. 6, 2001
1 Fundamental Concepts 1
2 Photosynthesis 17
3 Physical Factors Affecting Production 43
4 Cultural Eutrophication Case Studies 71
5 Nonpoint Source Pollution 133
6 Sewage Treatment 159
7 Pathogens in Natural Waters 195
8 Toxicology 229
9 Industrial Pollution 273
10 Pesticides and Persistent Organic Pollutants 311
11 Thermal Pollution and Power Plants 375
12 Metals 413
13 Oil Pollution 479
14 Radioactivity 529
15 Acid Deposition and Ocean Acidification 589
16 Groundwater Pollution 623
17 Plastics in the Sea 659
Units of Measurement and Abbreviations 681
Aquatic Pollution 685
Answers to Questions 685
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