Heavy Metals in Soils

Trace Metals and Metalloids in Soils and their Bioavailability

  • Brian J. Alloway

Part of the Environmental Pollution book series (EPOL, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Basic Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian J. Alloway
      Pages 3-9
    3. Ann Cuypers, Tony Remans, Nele Weyens, Jan Colpaert, Andon Vassilev, Jaco Vangronsveld
      Pages 161-193
    4. Wim de Vries, Jan Engelbert Groenenberg, Steve Lofts, Ed Tipping, Maximilian Posch
      Pages 211-237
  3. Key Heavy Metals and Metalloids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Walter W. Wenzel
      Pages 241-282
    3. Erik Smolders, Jelle Mertens
      Pages 283-311
    4. Cristina Gonnelli, Giancarlo Renella
      Pages 313-333
    5. Nicholas C. Uren
      Pages 335-366
    6. Koen Oorts
      Pages 367-394
    7. Eiliv Steinnes
      Pages 395-409
    8. Eiliv Steinnes
      Pages 411-428
    9. Olav Albert Christophersen, Graham Lyons, Anna Haug, Eiliv Steinnes
      Pages 429-463
    10. Jelle Mertens, Erik Smolders
      Pages 465-493
  4. Other Heavy Metals and Metalloids of Potential Environmental Significance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 495-495
    2. Rafael Clemente
      Pages 497-506
    3. Paula Madejón
      Pages 507-514
    4. Rafael Clemente
      Pages 515-525
    5. Brian J. Alloway
      Pages 527-534
    6. Rafael Clemente
      Pages 535-542
    7. Paula Madejón
      Pages 543-549
    8. Tin
      Brian J. Alloway
      Pages 551-558
    9. Rafael Clemente, Nicholas W. Lepp
      Pages 559-564
    10. Brian J. Alloway
      Pages 565-577
    11. Paula Madejón
      Pages 579-587
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 589-613

About this book


This book covers the general principles of the occurrence, analysis, soil chemical behaviour and soil-plant-animal aspects of heavy metals and metalloids, followed by more detailed coverage of 21 elements: antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gold, lead, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, silver, thallium, tin, tungsten, uranium, vanadium and zinc.

This third edition of the book has been completely rewritten by mainly new authors and is now divided into three sections:

 1: Basic Principles 

2: Key Heavy Metals and Metalloids

3: Other Heavy Metals and Metalloids of Potential Environmental Significance

 The scope has been widened with four new chapters in Section 1 dealing with toxicity in soil organisms, soil-plant relationships, heavy metals and metalloids as micronutrients for plants and/or animals, and the modelling of critical loads of heavy metals for use in risk assessment and environmental legislation.

This book will be of great value to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, research scientists and professionals in environmental science, soil science, geochemistry, agronomy, environmental health and environmental engineering, including specialists responsible for the management and clean-up of contaminated land.


Environmental toxicology Heavy metal pollution Heavy metalloids Heavy metals Heavy metals in soils

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian J. Alloway
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Soil ScienceUniversity of ReadingReadingUnited Kingdom

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