Introduction — Environmental Analytical Chemistry as a Tool for Studying Chemical Processes in Marine Environments

  • A. Gianguzza
  • E. Pelizzetti
  • S. Sammartano
Part of the Environmental Science book series (ESE)


The marine analytical chemist must be aware that the constituents — dissolved and suspended — of sea water have a three-dimensional distribution pattern. In contrast to distribution patterns in a mineral resource or in a batch of ore, distribution patterns in the marine environment are influenced by chemical, biological and physical processes, resulting in pronounced variability of individual patterns. Very often, only the general features of such a distribution pattern are known before seawater analysis is carried out. The optimal approach, therefore, presupposes an understanding of the marine environment and of the wide variety of chemical processes influencing the distribution of the compounds under examination. This means the marine analytical chemist is forced to have a reasonable knowledge of chemical oceanography.


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  • E. Pelizzetti
  • S. Sammartano

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