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Environmental Geology

  • James W. LaMoreaux


  • Examines water, energy, minerals and the environment in a holistic approach towards land use planning and utilization

  • Fosters knowledge on finite resources management aimed at a better balance between development and the environment

  • Puts all the different factors into perspective to facilitate collaborative solutions

Reference work

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James W. LaMoreaux
      Pages 3-6
  3. Land and the Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Harry Moore, Barry Beck
      Pages 9-41
    3. M. Adrián Ortega-Guerrero, José Joel Carrillo-Rivera
      Pages 43-51
  4. Water and the Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Pedro José Depetris
      Pages 55-100
    3. José Joel Carrillo-Rivera, Samira Ouysse
      Pages 113-126
    4. Qiang Wu, Shuning Dong, Bo Li, Wanfang Zhou
      Pages 127-148
    5. Adam Porowski
      Pages 149-181
    6. Peiyue Li, Hui Qian
      Pages 183-198
  5. Environmental Remediation and Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. David Mouat, Scott Thomas, Judith Lancaster
      Pages 201-207
    3. Petar T. Milanović
      Pages 271-294

About this book


This volume in the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Second Edition, brings together chapters examining water, energy, minerals and the environment in a holistic approach to land use planning and utilization. The work examines some of the problems, techniques, and solutions for managing resources so that a balance can be maintained between development and the environment. As world population increases, greater demand is placed on finite resources that earth can provide. Geographic areas once judged inadequate or inappropriate for construction, water and wastewater management, or transportation routes, among other activities, are being considered for, and being used, for development. 

Topics covered in this volume include impacts of natural disasters such as earthquakes and sinkholes, water and its use, overuse, and role in energy generation, and carbon sequestration. The topics covered here all play a role in development and the potential to sustain a growing world population. Interactions among system components mean that no single aspect can be addressed without including another. Environmental Geology places these different factors into perspective so that scientists, politicians, economists, planners, and stakeholders can work together to develop solutions that provide an acceptable balance between development and the environmental services on which we all depend.


land use planning and utilization natural resource management environmental impact of earthquakes urban land subsidence sinkhole prevention causes of desertification urban impact on groundwater geologic carbon sequestration

Editors and affiliations

  • James W. LaMoreaux
    • 1
  1. 1.PELA GeoEnvironmentalTuscaloosaUSA

About the editors

Dr. Jim LaMoreaux is Chairman of PELA GeoEnvironmental (formerly PE LaMoreaux & Associates, Inc.), an international consulting firm providing services in hydrogeology, geology, environmental sciences, engineering and archaeology. He also serves as Editor in Chief of the international journals Environmental Earth Sciences and Carbonates & Evaporites published by Springer. 

Dr. LaMoreaux is a member of the Advisory Board for SpringerBriefs; Editor of the Environmental Earth Sciences Book Series; and Editor of the Geoenvironmental Section of the International Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Science and Technology published by Springer. 

Dr. LaMoreaux has been a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) for over 30 years. He served as President and State Director of the Alabama Water Environment Association (AWEA) and as a member of the Program, Industrial Waste, Groundwater, Hazardous Waste and Public Education Committees of WEF. 

He served as Editor of the AWEA Newsletter as well as Editor of the newsletters for the American Institute of Hydrogeologists and the Environmental Institute for Waste Management Studies

Dr. LaMoreaux serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Hydrogeologists US National Committee. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the American Ground Water Trust.

He is the author and/or editor of numerous technical publications including the following books: Environmental Hydrogeology; Legislative History of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act; Survival and Sustainability-Environmental Concerns in the 21st Century; Advances in Research in Karst Media.

He received his MS and PhD degrees from Syracuse University in 1970 and 1976 respectively and his BA from the University of Alabama in 1968.

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