Environmental Geochemistry

Environmental Geochemistry

Site Characterization, Data Analysis and Case Histories

2nd Edition - September 18, 2017

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  • Editors: B. De Vivo, Harvey Belkin, Annamaria Lima
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444640079
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444637635

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Environmental Geochemistry: Site Characterization, Data Analysis and Case Histories, Second Edition, reviews the role of geochemistry in the environment and details state-of-the-art applications of these principles in the field, specifically in pollution and remediation situations. Chapters cover both philosophy and procedures, as well as applications, in an array of issues in environmental geochemistry including health problems related to environment pollution, waste disposal and data base management. This updated edition also includes illustrations of specific case histories of site characterization and remediation of brownfield sites.

Key Features

  • Covers numerous global case studies allowing readers to see principles in action
  • Explores the environmental impacts on soils, water and air in terms of both inorganic and organic geochemistry
  • Written by a well-respected author team, with over 100 years of experience combined
  • Includes updated content on: urban geochemical mapping, chemical speciation, characterizing a brownsfield site and the relationship between heavy metal distributions and cancer mortality


Students and professionals working in environmental pollution, site characterization and remediation, environmental scientists, geochemists, geologists, agronomists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Field Methods in Regional Geochemical Surveys
    3. Sampling Methods for Site Characterisation
    4. Contaminated Groundwater Sampling and Quality Control of Water Analyses
    5. The collection of drainage samples for environmental analyses from active stream channels
    6. Data conditioning of environmental geochemical data: quality control procedures used in the British Geological Survey’s Regional Geochemical Mapping Project
    7. Gas Chromatographic Methods of Chemical Analysis of Organics and Their Quality Control.
    8. Evaluation of geochemical background at regional and local scales by fractal filtering technique: case studies in selected Italian areas
    9. Geochemical mapping of urban areas
    10. Chemical speciation to assess bioavailability, bioaccessibility and geochemical forms of potentially toxic metals (PTMs) in polluted soils
    11. Extraction and characterisation of pore water in contaminated soils
    12. Models of geochemical speciation: structure and applications
    13. Utility of Lead isotopes as discriminators of anthropogenic versus natural sources in the surficial environment
    14. Management of hazardous by–products of urban waste incineration: some considerations on the Italian situation
    15. New Developments in the Analysis and Remediation of Brownfields in the United States
    16. Characterization and Remediation of the Bagnoli brownfield in Italy: before and after the remediation?
    17. Environmental human health issues related to indoor air pollution from domestic biomass use in rural China: a review
    18. Applications of geochemistry to medical geology
    19. Biological and Environmental Hazards of the Desert Dust to Military Personne
    20. Environmental characteristics and utilization potential of metallurgical slag
    21. Polyurethane foam-based passive air samplers in monitoring persistent organic pollutants: theory and application
    22. The history and the Present of Organochlorine Pesticides (OCPs) in soil in China: a review and cases on the Southwest and the Southeast of China
    23. Soil and water contamination by potentially harmful elements: case history in India
    24. A microbial analysis primer for biogeochemists

Product details

  • No. of pages: 644
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: September 18, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444640079
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444637635

About the Editors

B. De Vivo

Benedetto De Vivo, after graduation (1971) from the University of Naples Federico II in Geological Sciences and military service (1972), worked for private companies operating in Italy, Africa, and Central America in the field of ore deposits, geochemical prospecting, environmental geology, and hydrogeology (1973–1977). Later, he was a Researcher at CNR-Roma, Italy (1977–1987), Associate Professor in Applied Geochemistry (1987–2000), and Full Professor in Geochemistry at the University of Napoli Federico II (2000–2017). He was a research fellow at the Colorado School of Mines (1978) and at US Geological Survey, Reston, VA (1982 and 1992); Chairman of the Working Group “Inclusions in Minerals” of the International Mineralogical Association; Member of the Editorial Board of GEEA (2004–2007), Minerology and Petrol (1997–2007), American Mineralogist, and Chief Editor of Journal of Geochemical Exploration (2007–2017). His research interests span a wide range of topics including geochemical prospecting, fluid and melt inclusions studies on volcanic and sub-volcanic systems, and environmental geochemistry. He has published about 300 papers (in top international peer-reviewed journals), editing different special volumes (Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, European Journal of Mineralogy, Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, and, Minerology and Petrol), and has authored four text books (in Italian) in geochemical prospecting and environmental geochemistry. He was nominated (2001) as Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America and appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA (2006), Nanjing University, China (2016), and Hubei Polytechnic University, Huansgshi, China (2019). He was the recipient of the 2019 Gold Medal Award of the Association of Applied Geochemists for outstanding scientific contributions and achievement in applied geochemistry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Benedetto De Vivo is a full professor of Exploration and Environmental Geochemistry at Pegaso On-Line University, Napoli, Italy; Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA; Nanjing Univ. and Hubei Polytecnic Univ, Huangshi, China.

Harvey Belkin

Dr Belkin for almost 50 years has been with the USGS as a Research Geologist whose work focuses on geochemistry geochemistry. Most recently he has been the Project Chief of the Reston Microbeam Facility, where they are creating a baseline of chemical and textural properties of mineral species – specifically on halogens, HAP’s, elements or rare earth elements and a Project Leader on a program focusing on the Geochemistry of Solid Fuels, specific as it relates to coal in China. His total experience includes delving into issues of Health Impacts. He has published 76 papers to date.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Geologist, United States Geological Survey, Ret.

Annamaria Lima

Dr Lima is an Associate Professor in Geochemistry in addition to being a member of the Editorial Boards for the journal Geochemistry: Exploration-Environment-Analysis. She also lectures at Huelva University on Environmental Geochemistry. Her research includes geochemical exploration for mineral resources, both from an exploration perspective as to identify the potential environmental hazards which can relate to these activities; environmental geochemistry and the geochemical characterization of environmental matrices to evaluate anthropogenic pollution, and studying fluid and melt inclusions in minerals.. She has published over 120 papers to date.

Affiliations and Expertise

Universita di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy

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  • Mark L. Thu Jan 17 2019


    A complete State-of-the-art reference/text book for Environmental Chemistry researchers or professionals. The book covers every area of research and emerging science in the area. A MUST have for every Environmental Research Library.