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Abstract

Nitrogen occurs in the biosphere in oxygenation states ranging from 3- (ammonia) to 5+ (nitrate). The most important inorganic forms of nitrogen are ammonia (NH3), nitrate (NO3 -), nitrite (NO2 -), and molecular nitrogen (N2). All of these forms are interrelated in the environment by the nitrogen cycle, a complicated series of transformations (described in Chemistry section). Naturally occurring organic nitrogen compounds occur in surface waters and contain amino and amide nitrogen, and some heterocyclic compounds such as purines and pyrimidines.

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Nitrogen Cycle American Water Work Association Organic Nitrogen Compound Nervous System Disorder Water Pollution Control Federation 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jame W. Moore
    • 1
  1. 1.AlbertaCanada

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