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Global warming has worsened the water resource crisis in many arid zones worldwide, from Africa to Asia, affecting millions of people and putting them at risk of hunger. Effective management of arid zone resources, including understanding the risks of toxic trace and heavy elements to humans, coupled with the need to produce more food to feed the world's growing population, has thus become increasingly important. This very timely book, the only one of its kind on the market, fills the gap of our knowledge of trace elements in these regions.
Dedication.- List of Figures.- List of Tables.- Preface.- SECTION I: Introduction on arid zone soil: Arid zone soils: Nature and properties. SECTION II: Biogeochemistry of trace elements in arid environments: Trace element distribution in arid zone soils.- Solution chemistry of trace elements in arid zone soils.- Selective sequential dissolution for trace elements in arid zone soils.- Binding and distribution of trace elements among solid-phase components in arid zone soils.- Transfer fluxes of trace elements in arid zone soils - a case study: Israeli arid soils.- Bioavailability of trace elements in arid zone soils.- Trace element pollution in arid zone soils.- Global perspectives of anthropogenic interferences in the natural trace element distribution: Industrial age inputs of trace elements into the pedosphere.- References.- Index.