Geochemical Speciation: Does it Help to Assess and Engineer the Impact of Metals?

  • R. Reuther
Part of the Environmental Science book series (ESE)


According to the definition we will use here, a chemical species represent ’expressis verbis’ the molecular arrangement of a particular metal or metal compound. This may include free aquated ions, distinct chemical compounds (such as dissolved insorganic salts and acids, or solid oxides, sulfides, and carbonates), as well as thermodynamically unstable aggregates (like dissolved and solid organic complexes, colloids or coprecipitates) either naturally available or as a result of man’s activity.


Environmental Impact Assessment Organic Micropollutants Environmental Impact Study Trace Metal Speciation Geochemical Speciation 
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