Contaminant Geochemistry: Interactions and Transport in the Subsurface Environment

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In this updated and expanded second edition, new literature has been added on contaminant fate in the soil-subsurface environment. In particular, more data on the behavior of inorganic contaminants and on engineered nanomaterials were included, the latter comprising a group of “emerging contaminants” that may reach the soil and subsurface zones.

New chapters are devoted to a new perspective of contaminant geochemistry, namely irreversible changes in pristine land and subsurface ...

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Overview

In this updated and expanded second edition, new literature has been added on contaminant fate in the soil-subsurface environment. In particular, more data on the behavior of inorganic contaminants and on engineered nanomaterials were included, the latter comprising a group of “emerging contaminants” that may reach the soil and subsurface zones.

New chapters are devoted to a new perspective of contaminant geochemistry, namely irreversible changes in pristine land and subsurface systems following chemical contamination. Two chapters were added on this topic, focusing attention on the impact of chemical contaminants on the matrix and properties of both liquid and solid phases of soil and subsurface domains. Contaminant impacts on irreversible changes occurring in groundwater are discussed and their irreversible changes on the porous medium solid phase are surveyed. In contrast to the geological time scale controlling natural changes of porous media liquid and solid phases, the time scale associated with chemical pollutant induced changes is far shorter and extends over a “human lifetime scale”.

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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: 9783642547768
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 5/31/2014
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2014
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 577

Table of Contents

Characterization of the Subsurface Environment.- Selected Geochemical Processes.- Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds.- Organic Compounds.- Sorption, Retention, and Release of Contaminants.- Contaminant Partitioning in the Aqueous Phase.- Partitioning of Volatile Compounds.- Selected Research Findings: Contaminant Partitioning.- Water Flow in the Subsurface Environment.- Transport of Passive Contaminants.- Transport of Reactive Contaminants.- Selected Research Findings: Contaminant Transport.- Abiotic Contaminant Transformations in Subsurface Water.- Abiotic Transformation at the Solid–Liquid Interface.- Biologically Mediated Transformations.- Selected Research Findings: Transformations and Reactions.- Contaminant-Induced Irreversible Changes in Groundwater Chemistry.- Contaminant Impacts on the Soil–Subsurface Solid Phase.

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