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The Natural Environment and the Biogeochemical Cycles


Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. M. Schidlowski
    Pages 1-16
  3. J. Wsetall, W. Stumm
    Pages 17-49
  4. P. J. Wangersky
    Pages 51-67
  5. E. A. Paul, P. M. Huang
    Pages 69-86
  6. J. C. G. Walker
    Pages 87-104
  7. A. J. B. Zehnder, S. H. Zinder
    Pages 105-145
  8. J. Emsley
    Pages 147-167
  9. P. J. Craig
    Pages 169-227
  10. D. J. Faulkner
    Pages 229-254
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 255-260

About this book


Environmental Chemistry is a relatively young science. Interest in this subject, however, is growing very rapidly and, although no agreement has been reached as yet about the exact content and limits of this interdisciplinary discipline, there appears to be increasing interest in seeing environmental topics which are based on chemistry embodied in this subject. One of the first objectives of Environmental Chemistry must be the study of the environment and of natural chemical processes which occur in the environment. A major purpose of this series on Environmental Chemistry, therefore, is to present a reasonably uniform view of various aspects of the chemistry of the environ­ ment and chemical reactions occurring in the environment. The industrial activities of man have given a new dimension to Environ­ mental Chemistry. We have now synthesized and described over 'five million chemical compounds and chemical industry produces about hundred and fifty million tons of synthetic chemicals annually. We ship billions of tons of oil per year and through mining operations and other geophysical modifications, large quantities of inorganic and organic materials are released from their natural deposits. Cities and metropolitan areas of up to 15 million inhabitants produce large quantities of waste in relatively small and confined areas. Much of the chemical products and waste products of modern society are released into the environment either during production, storage, transport, use or ultimate disposal. These released materials participate in natural cycles and reactions and frequently lead to interference and disturbance of natural systems.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Environmental and Toxicological ChemistryUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Natural Environment and the Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Editors Otto Hutzinger
  • Series Title The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-22988-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-24940-6
  • Series ISSN 1867-979X
  • Series E-ISSN 1616-864X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 258
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental Chemistry
    Monitoring/Environmental Analysis
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