Contaminant Geochemistry: Interactions and Transport in the Subsurface Environment / Edition 1

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This book combines earth science, subsurface hydrology and environmental geochemistry, providing a comprehensive background for specialists interested in the protection and sustainable management of the subsurface environment. The reader is introduced to the chemistry of contaminants, which usually disturb the natural equilibrium in the subsurface as a result of human activity. The major focus of the book is on contaminant reactions in soil solutions, groundwater and porous media solid phases, accounting for their persistence and transformation in the subsurface, as they are transported from the land surface into groundwater. Discussions on selected case studies are provided.
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“Contaminant geochemistry is the collection of physical and chemical processes that determine the behavior of contaminants beneath Earth’s surface. … The book by Berkowitz and co-authors … focuses almost exclusively on the geochemistry of organic contaminants. It discusses both water-saturated and variably saturated systems. Its level is appropriate for scientists familiar with general aqueous geochemistry … and those interested particularly in the geochemistry of organic contaminants. The book is structured in a clear and coherent manner.” (Ian C. Bourg, Vadose Zone Journal, Vol. 9, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540743811
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 6/26/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Geochemistry Revisited: Selected Aspects

Ch. 1 Characterization of the Subsurface Environment 3

Ch. 2 Selected Geochemical Processes 27

Pt. II Properties of Potential Contaminants: Environmental and Health Hazards

Ch. 3 Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds 51

Ch. 4 Organic Compounds 71

Pt. III Contaminant Partitioning in the Subsurface

Ch. 5 Sorption, Retention, and Release of Contaminants 93

Ch. 6 Contaminant Partitioning in the Aqueous Phase 127

Ch. 7 Partitioning of Volatile Compounds 143

Ch. 8 Selected Research Findings: Contaminant Partitioning 151

Pt. IV Contaminant Transport from Land Surface to Groundwater

Ch. 9 Water Flow in the Subsurface Environment 213

Ch. 10 Transport of Passive Contaminants 219

Ch. 11 Transport of Reactive Contaminants 231

Ch. 12 Selected Research Findings: Contaminant Transport 247

Pt. V Transformations and Reactions of Contaminants in the Subsurface

Ch. 13 Abiotic Contaminant Transformations in Subsurface Water 273

Ch. 14 Abiotic Transformation at the Solid-Liquid Interface 295

Ch. 15 Biologically Mediated Transformations 303

Ch. 16 Selected Research Findings: Transformations and Reactions 317

References 373

Subject Index 409

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