Environmental chemistry is an amazingly broad scientific area, using chemistry to understand the interactions among environmental systems. It may involve a study of Freon reactions in the stratosphere or an analysis of toxic Kepone deposits in ocean sediments. Other areas include the chemistry and biochemistry of volatile and soluble organometallic compounds and anaerobic bacteria. Environmental chemistry is the study of the sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in water, soil, and air environments. While these topics may seem highly technical and beyond the concern of the average person, this area of science is of special interest today as the world seeks to combat pollution and live in ecological harmony with the natural environment. For example, environmental chemical research applies to issues such as acid rain and industrial wastes. Environmental issues are also a hot political and social topic, but one must be aware of the science underlying the topics.
This book contains a thorough and carefully prepared bibliography of environmental chemistry books and literature. In order to further research this most important and fast-evolving subject, this book serves as an invaluable tool and reference resource. Along with the bibliography, the book provides access to the information through author, title, and subject indexes.