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Practical Environmental Analysis

Handbook / Manual

By: Miroslav Radojevic and Vladimir N Bashkin

457 pages, Figs, tabs

Royal Society of Chemistry

Hardback | Apr 2006 | Edition: 2 | #164138 | ISBN: 0854046798
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New techniques, improvements in understanding and changes in regulations relating to environmental analysis mean that students, technicians and lecturers alike need an up-to-date guide to practical environmental analysis. This unique book provides detailed instructions for practical experiments in environmental analysis.

The comprehensive coverage includes the chemical analysis of important pollutants in air, water, soil and plant tissue, with experiments generally requiring only basic laboratory equipment and instrumentation. The principles behind each method are explained and the importance of various pollutants in the environment are discussed. Also included are suggestions for projects and worked examples, and appendices cover environmental standards, practical safety and good laboratory practice. Building on the foundations laid by the highly-acclaimed first edition, this revised and updated new edition is certain to be valued as an indispensable guide to practical environmental analysis by students and lecturers from a wide range of scientific disciplines.

I strongly urge academics in chemistry, biology, botany, soil science, geography and environmental science departments to give [this book] serious consideration as a course text. Malcolm Cresser, Environment Department, University of York, UK "Destined to become a course text for many university courses... a high quality, informative introductory text... there should be multiple copies on most university's library shelves." Environmental Conservation"


Introduction: the environment; environmental analysis; sampling and storage; sample treatment; analytical methods; standardization and calibration; analytical data; common problems of environmental analysis; a word of advice. Part 1 Rainwater analysis: acid rain; sampling and analysis; data analysis and interpretation; pH, conductivity and major anions; major cations; heavy metals. Part 2 Air analysis: sampling; sulphur dioxide; nitrogen dioxide; ozone; ammonia; hydrogen chloride; atmospheric aerosol. Part 3 Water analysis: solids; electrochemical measurements; hardness; alkalinity; dissolved oxygen (DO); biochemical oxygen demand (BOD); chemical oxygen demand (COD); chlorophyll; nitrogen; phosphorus; chloride; fluoride; sulphate; iron; heavy metals. Part 4 Soil, sludge, sediment and dust analysis: sampling and sample pre-treatment; dissolution and extraction; physical parameters; electrochemical measurements; alkalinity; soluble ions; organic matter; nitrogen; phosphorus; exchangeable cations and cation exchange capacity (CEC); heavy metals. Part 5 Plant analysis: sampling and sample preparation; dissolution and extraction; water content and ash content; nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur; potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium; nitrate and nitrite; heavy metals.

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