© 1985

Environmental Geochemistry and Health

Report to the Royal Society’s British National Committee for Problems of the Environment

  • S. H. U. Bowie
  • I. Thornton

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. S. H. U. Bowie, I. Thornton
    Pages 1-4
  3. S. H. U. Bowie, I. Thornton
    Pages 5-33
  4. S. H. U. Bowie, I. Thornton
    Pages 35-58
  5. S. H. U. Bowie, I. Thornton
    Pages 59-95
  6. S. H. U. Bowie, I. Thornton
    Pages 97-119
  7. S. H. U. Bowie, I. Thornton
    Pages 121-125
  8. S. H. U. Bowie, I. Thornton
    Pages 127-130
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 131-140

About this book


One of the main outcomes of the eleven meetings of the Working Party was the recognition of the importance of interdisciplinary studies linking regional geochemistry with plant, animal and human health. The effects of major element deficiencies or excesses on plant health are well known; this is not the case for trace elements. In fact, rapid and reliable analytical methods for determining trace element abundances have only recently become available, and it is to be expected that important new information on trace element levels will be forthcoming. This, however, is only part of the problem because other factors such as element speciation, uptake and transmission may be more significant than total concentration. The pathways of elements from crops to animals are relatively well defined, but the aetiology of diseases attributable to elemental inadequacies or excesses is generally quite complex. Nevertheless, there is good evidence for diseases in livestock in the British Isles induced by deficiencies of Cu, Se and Co and Mo excess. On a world scale there is also convincing data on the effect of Na, P and I deficiencies and F excess on animal health. What is generally lacking, however, is adequate interaction between geochemists and biochemists, veterinary scientists and other concerned with animal health. Interpretation of geochemical data is complex as are connections between elemental abundances and the health of animals.


chemistry environment geochemistry pollution toxicity

Editors and affiliations

  • S. H. U. Bowie
    • 1
  • I. Thornton
    • 2
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Applied Geochemistry Research GroupImperial CollegeLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Environmental Geochemistry and Health
  • Book Subtitle Report to the Royal Society’s British National Committee for Problems of the Environment
  • Editors S.H. Bowie
    I. Thornton
  • Series Title The GeoJournal Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1879-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8825-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5265-2
  • Series ISSN 0924-5499
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 140
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental Chemistry
    Public Health
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