This comprehensive text will provide upper level undergraduate students a look at heterogeneous natural systems in the environment. The links between and within the various environmental components --air, water, soil -- are emphasized. There has been insufficient material of this type in existence that supplies both the depth of chemistry needed to explain natural processes and the breadth of material that would present a well rounded introduction to such systems. While the text focuses on basic knowledge and general principles, examples are taken from around the world. The book describes the chemistry of natural environmental systems, their composition and the processes and reactions that operate within and between the various components. Without focusing specifically on pollution, it also discusses ways in which these systems respond to peturbations, either those that are natural or those that are caused by humans. Background material from subjects such as atmospheric science, limnology, and social science is provided in order to establish a setting for a description of relevant chemistry. Because issues of the environment related to every society, care has been taken to relate the subject material to situations in urban and rural areas in both highly industrialized and low-income countries.
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It builds knowledge from the fundamentals of the different disciplines of chemistry, with special emphasis on important concepts from physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. It could be of use to any student of experimental sciences, or even technology, seeking to get a basic knowledge of the subject, but it is especially recommendable to chemistry students who are in the final stage of their degrees. Reviews, The Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre
What makes this book outstanding is its blending of both qualitative and quantitative discussion, illustration, data, examples, and problems. As such, it sets the stage for the rigorous undergraduate study of environmental chemistry by providing a balanced and thorough framework of issues environmental chemists investigate. Environmental Chemistry by vanLoon and Duffy is outstanding, will serve as a great foundation for an undergraduate environmental chemistry course, and is a book that both instructors and students are sure to keep on their bookshelves long after they complete the course. (Journal of Chemical Education, 2012)
From the earth's atmosphere to the aquatic systems of the sea, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in environmental chemistry. (Georgiana Gibson-Daw, student, University of East Anglia)
Gary W. VanLoon is Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Queen's University, Canada. Stephen J. Duffy is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
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