Nitrates In Groundwater / Edition 1

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This time-saving book provides extensive coverage of all important aspects of nitrates in groundwater, ranging from prevention to problem assessment to remediation. It begins by highlighting the nitrogen cycle and related health concerns, providing both background information and a unique perspective on health issues. It then analyzes subsurface processes and the factors and practices that affect them. It thoroughly reviews aquifer vulnerability mapping, an emerging new management tool, and contains a nitrate pollution index that can be used in evaluating actual or potential nitrate pollution from agricultural areas. Best Management Practices are described and evaluated, and possible treatment measures are also explored. Thoroughly researched and well-organized, Nitrates in Groundwater provides a vivid snapshot of the status of nitrates in groundwater today.

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Writing for graduate students, praticing scientists, and policy specialists, Canter (Environmental and Ground Water Institute, U. of Oklahoma) summarizes current information on the subsurface environment. He emphasizing agricultural sources of nitrates, and examines appropriate contamination prevention and treatment measures. Coverage includes fundamental aspects of nitrates in groundwater, subsurface processes, vulnerability mapping of groundwater resources, development of a nitrate pollution index, and models for nitrates in the subsurface environment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873715690
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Fundamental Aspects of Nitrates in Groundwater
The Nitrogen Cycle
The Nitrogen Cycle in Soil and Groundwater
Sources of Nitrate to Groundwater
National Survey of Nitrates (and Pesticides) in Drinking Water Wells
Health Concerns Related to Nitrates
Influence of Subsurface Processes
Nitrogen Transformations
Nitrogen Transport and Fate
Factors Influencing Nitrogen Leaching from Fertilizers
Usage of Laboratory Studies
Illustrations of Nitrate Pollution of Groundwater
Illustrations from the United States
Illustrations from European and Other Countries
Vulnerability Mapping of Groundwater Resources
Context of Vulnerability Mapping
Summary of 10 Mapping Techniques
Vulnerability Mapping in Belgium
Groundwater Vulnerability to Agricultural Nitrate Pollution in the United Kingdom
Terrain Suitability Rating for Septic Tank Systems in Canada
Groundwater Contamination Susceptibility in Minnesota
DRASTIC: A Standardized System for Evaluating Groundwater Pollution Potential in the United States
Soil/Aquifer Field Evaluation (SAFE)
Advantages and Limitations Relative to Vulnerability Mapping
Development of a Nitrate Pollution Index
Conceptual Framework for Development of an Index
Identification of Pertinent Factors
Assignment of Relative Importance Weights
Establishing Methods for Evaluating Pertinent Factors
Determining Aggregation Approach for the Index
Field Testing of the Index
Models for Nitrates in the Subsurface Environment
Source Characterization Models
Nitrate Transport Models
Plume Model for Nitrogen Point Source
Management Models for Prevention and Control
Management Measures for Nitrate Pollution Prevention
Fertilizer Management Measures
Other Management Measures
Treatment Measures for Nitrates in Groundwater
Treatment by Ion Exchange, Reverse Osmosis, or Electrodialysis
Treatment by Biological Denitrification
Treatment by In Situ Denitrification
Treatment by Other Measures
Each chapter concludes with a summary and selected references

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