© 1986

Trace Elements in the Terrestrial Environment


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 1-45
  3. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 46-72
  4. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 73-105
  5. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 106-155
  6. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 156-180
  7. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 181-218
  8. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 219-262
  9. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 263-297
  10. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 298-328
  11. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 329-361
  12. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 362-389
  13. D. C. Adriano
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  14. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 421-469
  15. D. C. Adriano
    Pages 470-501
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 503-533

About this book


I intend to fill, with this book, a need that has long been felt by students and professionals in many areas of agricultural, biological, natural, and environmental sciences-the need for a comprehensive reference book on many important aspects of trace elements in the "land" environment. This book is different from other books on trace elements (also commonly referred to as heavy metals) in that each chapter focuses on a particular element, which in tum is discussed in terms of its importance in our economy, its natural occurrence, its fate and behavior in the soil-plant system, its requirement by and detriment to plants, its health limits in drinking water and food, and its origin in the environment. Because of long­ distance transport to pristine areas of cadmium, lead, copper, and zinc in relatively large quantities, these elements have an extra section on natural ecosystems. A blend of pictorial and tabular data are provided to enhance understanding of the relevant information being conveyed. Since individual chapters are independent of one another, they are arranged alphabetically. However, readers with weak backgrounds in soil science are advised to start with the chapter on zinc, since soil terminology is discussed in more detail here. Sections on sorption, forms and speciation, complexation, and transformations become more technical as soil physical-(bio )chemical phenomena are discussed. The less important "environmental" trace elements are discussed together in the "Other Trace Elements" chapter.


Elements ecosystem environment environmental science environmental sciences soil science transport

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Biogeochemical Ecology Division Savannah River Ecology LaboratoryUniversity of Georgia Institute of EcologyAikenUSA

Bibliographic information


From the reviews of the second edition:

"The first edition of this book appeared in 1986 under the title Trace Elements in the Terrestrial Environment. The primary objective was to provide students and professionals with a comprehensive book about many important aspects of trace elements in the environment. The present edition follows a similar format, but includes new chapters … . As the first edition the book contains many tables and figures." (Bulletin of the International Union of Soil Science – online, 2001)

"The second edition of Domy Adriano’s classic, Trace elements in Terrestrial Environments: Biogeochemistry, Bioavailability, and Risk of Metals … deserves special attention, particularly since many new discoveries have been made in the 15+ years. … This sourcebook provides a helpful overview to quickly assess thorough information. Given the almost innumerable related publications in many journals worldwide, Adriano’s book remains a valuable source and reference worth having in the self (and on the desk)." (Jörg Matschullat, Environmental Geology, Vol. 44 (3), 2003)

"This book is a completely revised and updated version of the successful 1st edition issued in 1986. … This comprehensive reference handbook on the important aspects of trace elements in the terrestrial environment will be an essential resource of environmental scientists and chemists, regulators and policy makers, and particularly valuable for under- and post-graduate courses on environmental chemistry." (International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 82, 2002)

"This book is a complete up-to-date reference handbook about the sources, mobility, bioavailability, and effects of major trace metals with environmental relevance. It is presented in an attractive format and layout, and the graphics are very good. The book is very thoroughly referenced: hundreds of articles have been consulted. Only one conclusion is possible, that this an excellent handbook for any student, researcher or other professional concerned with the fate and impact of trace metals in the environment." (Eric Van den Broeck, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 18 (3), 2002)