A Geomorphological-Geochemical Approach to Site Assessment and Remediation
Miller, Jerry R., Orbock Miller, Suzanne M.
2007, XIV, 418 p.
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In-depth discussion of the mechanics involved in the transport, deposition, and remobilization of contaminated sediments by physical processes
Comprehensive examination of the use of geomorphic principles to identify and map spatial variations in metal concentrations in contaminated river valleys
Analysis of the linkages between chemical and physical processes associated with heavy metal cycling in streams and rivers
Detailed description of the methods employed to remediate or restore metal contaminated rivers
The geomorphological, surficial and geochemical processes and conditions of rivers require a tailored set of strategies and programs to successfully clean up contaminated river reaches. The primary purpose of this book is not only to provide students and professionals with an introductory understanding of fluvial geomorphic principles but also to explain using a process oriented approach how these geomorphic principles can be integrated with geochemical data to cost-effectively characterize, assess and remediate contaminated river systems. Numerous case studies from North America and many other parts of the world are included.
Audience: Upper level undergraduate and graduate students in geoscience, engineering, environmental science, geography, geochemistry, toxicology, and soil science studying the means to assess, remediate or restore contaminated streams and rivers. It also serves as a reference book for professionals who are working on contaminated aquatic systems, particularly rivers contaminated by trace metals.
"River contamination is a problem of global significance. This book provides a comprehensive and highly readable review of the role of fluvial geomorphic processes in understanding and predicting the dispersal and fate of contaminants in aquatic environments. Aimed at both students and professionals it forms an excellent introductory text to this rapidly developing field, especially in river basins experiencing rapid environmental change." Mark G. Macklin, University of Aberystwyth, UK
"This excellent book clearly and graphically explains the geochemical and geomorphological principles influencing the contamination of river systems, and cost-effective methods for contaminated river assessment and remediation. I shall certainly be recommending it to all of my students and colleagues." Karen Hudson-Edwards, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Content Level »Graduate
Keywords »Erosion - Sediment - fluvial - fluvial geomorphology - heavy metal pollution - hydrology - remediation - river restoration - site assessment