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Biogeochemistry of Wetlands : Science and Applications - K. Ramesh Reddy

Biogeochemistry of Wetlands

Science and Applications

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Wetland ecosystems maintain a fragile balance of soil, water, plant, and atmospheric components in order to regulate water flow, flooding, and water quality. Marginally covered in traditional texts on biogeochemistry or on wetland soils, Biogeochemistry of Wetlands is the first to focus entirely on the biological, geological, physical, and chemical processes that affect these critical habitats. Integrates concepts from soil and plant sciences, chemistry, biology, ecology, and environmental engineering This book offers an in-depth look at the chemical and biological cycling of nutrients, trace elements, and toxic organic compounds in wetland soil and water column as related to water quality, carbon sequestration, and greenhouse gases. It details the electrochemistry, biochemical processes, and transformation mechanisms for the elemental cycling of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur. Additional chapters examine the fate and chemistry ofheavy metals and toxic organic compounds in wetland environments. The authors emphasize the role of redox-pH conditions, organic matter, microbial-mediated processes that drive transformation in wetlands, plant responses and adaptation to wetland soil conditions. They also analyze how excess water, sediment water, and atmospheric change relate to elemental biogeochemical cycling. Provides an ideal teaching text or professional reference for those involved in ecological restoration, water quality, ecological engineering, and global climate changeDelivering an in-depth scientific examinination of the natural processes that occur in wetland ecosystems, Biogeochemistry of Wetlandscomprises a key perspective on the environmental impact of pollutants and the role freshwater and coastal wetlands play in global climate change.

Introduction
Basic Concepts and Terminology
Characteristics of Wetland Soils
Electrochemical Properties
Carbon
Oxygen
Nitrogen
Phosphorus
Manganese and Iron
Sulfur
Trace Metals
Toxic Organic Compounds
Biogeochemical Indicators
Case Study: Freshwater Wetlands
Case Study: Coastal Wetlands
Role of Wetlands in Global Climate Change - Greenhouse Gas Emission/Carbon Sequestration
Sedimentation/Accretion Processes in Wetlands
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ISBN: 9781566706780
ISBN-10: 1566706785
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 774
Published: 24th July 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.59
Edition Number: 1