Environmental Geochemistry: Site Characterization, Data Analysis and Case Histories

1st Edition

Editors: Benedetto DeVivo Harvey Belkin Annamaria Lima
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444531599
eBook ISBN: 9780080558950
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 28th May 2008
Page Count: 350
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This volume contains chapters spanning from the role of geochemistry in the environment in general to specific investigations on site characterization (sampling strategy, analytical procedures and problems). Specific articles deal with health problems related to environment pollution, waste disposal, data base management, and provide illustrations of specific case histories of site characterization and remediation of brownfield sites.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive analysis providing background information ranging from geochemistry in general to specific investigations
  • Provides practical insight through case study material
  • Informs and updates students and practitioners on hot topics, latest trends and developments


All students and professionals working in the field on enviromental pollution, site characterization and remediation (geochemists, geologists, agronomists, environmental scientists, risk assessors, and environmental regulators).

Table of Contents


1)Introduction. 2)The role of geochemistry in environment and health problems. 3)Regional Programs. FOREGS. Sampling methods for different media - Stream sediments, soils, waters. 4) Environmental impact of the disposal of solid by-products from waste incineration processes. 5)Household hazardous waste disposal as a pathway for environmental pollution. 6)Sampling methods for site characterization and waste disposal. 7)Site investigations of stream and groundwaters: How to avoid getting into deep water. 8) Methods of chemical analysis of organics and quality controls. 9)Data base management at regional scale. 10)Data analysis and treatment, at local scale, using GIS and GeoDAS. 11)Evaluation of background/baseline values. 12) Geochemical mapping of urban areas. Examples on the munipal soils of Napoli, Avellino, Caserta, Benevento and Salerno towns. 13) Thermodynamics of platinum, palladium, and rhodium with inorganic ligands in the environment. 14)Trace metals speciation and bioavailability in soil. 15)Environment pollution, epidemiology and Workers problems. 16)Medical Geology: Application to arsenic and fluorine poisoning in southwest Guizhou Province, China. 17)Contaminated land in Britain. 18)The US brownfields program: Case studies reflect progress and challenges. 19)Case history of site characterization in Italy: Bagnoli brownfield site.


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About the Editor

Benedetto DeVivo

Affiliations and Expertise

Universita di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy

Harvey Belkin

Affiliations and Expertise

United States Geological Survey, Reston, VA, USA

Annamaria Lima

Affiliations and Expertise

Universita di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy