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This introductory text explains the fundamentals of the chemistry of the natural environment and the effects of mankind's activities on the earth's chemical systems. It retains an emphasis on describing how natural geochemical processes operate over a variety of scales in time and space, and how the effects of human perturbation can be measured. The topics range from familiar global issues such as atmospheric pollution and its effect on global warming and ozone destruction, to microbiological processes that cause pollution of drinking water deltas. It contains sections and information boxes that explain the basic chemistry underpinning the subject covered. Each chapter contains a list of further reading on the subject area. It includes updated case studies. No prior chemistry knowledge is required. It is suitable for introductory level courses.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780632059058
ISBN-10: 0632059052
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 177mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Blackwell Science Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - J.E. Andrews

J.E. Andrews, P. Brimblecombe, T.D. Jickells, P.S. Liss and B. Reid are all based in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. They have many years experience in teaching environmental chemistry to undergraduates and are internationally respected researchers in their fields.