The new social and economic era calls for integration of ecology and economy in a system of cause and effect. The central element in this shift is sustainable development. Fundamental to the achievement of sustainable development is the requirement for environmentally responsible waste management and restoration of the environment. Solutions to the complex problems confronted by waste management and environmental restoration industry are currently handled by the geoenvironmental engineering profession that needs a good background in soil biology, chemistry, mechanics, mineralogy, and physics. In recognition of this need, this book summarizes relevant aspects of various soil physics, mineralogy, and chemistry as well as the chemistry of pollutants. This treatment will provide sufficient background to students and practicing engineers to enable them to think about how to approach waste management and environmental restoration problems.

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Geoenvironmental Engineering in a Global Environment. Introduction. Scope of Environmental Problems. Pollution of oceans and international rivers. Water scarcity and degradation. Global population. Control of chemicals. Trans-boundary movement of hazardous wastes. Acid rain. Deforestation. Desertification and soil erosion. Global warming. Depletion of the ozone layer. Decreasing species of wildlife. Environmental pollution in developing countries. Interconnection of Global Environmental Problems. Geoenvironmental Engineering Aspects. Actions Towards Restoring the Environment. Comprehensive policy response. Environmental policy. Environmental ethics. Summary and Concluding Remarks. Sustainable Development. Introduction. Approaches to Sustainable Development. Economics and sustainability. Environmental sustainability. Social sustainability. Land sustainability. Sustainable Development and the Ambient Environment. Assimilative capacity in environment management. Water quality management and sustainable development. Environmental Impact Assesment. Guiding principles. Attributes of a successful EIA. Evaluative tools. Engineering for Sustainable Development. Summary and Concluding Remarks. Sources, Characters, and Management of Wastes. Introduction. Sources of Wastes. Municipal solid waste. Pesticide wastes. Mining wastes. Electroplating and metal finishing industry. Metal smelting and refining industries. Pulp and paper wastes. Petroleum refining wastes. Paint and allied industries. Hazardous Waste. Unites States of America. Canada. European Community. Germany. The Netherlands. Hazardous Waste Management. US regulation disposal philosophy. Canada. European Community. Summary and Concluding Remarks. Soil System. Introduction. Soil Phases. Gas phase. Fluid phase. Solid phase. Mineral Composition. Primary and secondary minerals. Trace elements in soil minerals. Mineral Transformations. Crystal Chemistry of


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@qu:The authors provide a comprehensive review of the geotechnical aspects of waste management, aimed mainly at advanced undergraduate and graduate students. @source:ASLIB Book Guide Volume 63, No. 12 @from:(B.R. Rogers, E.J. Charlier) @qu:Geoenvironmental Engineering fulfills the authors' purpose as a comprehensive textbook on this still-developing subject. The book is not only destined for use in academia, but also would make an excellent reference for those already in geoenvironmental engineering practice in industry or government service. @source:Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Vol. VI, No. 1