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Heavy Metals in the Environment : Using Wetlands for Their Removal - Howard T. Odum

Heavy Metals in the Environment

Using Wetlands for Their Removal

By: Howard T. Odum (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 24th May 2000
ISBN: 9781566704014
Number Of Pages: 344

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Much of the convenience of modern life resides in sheet metal, the cowling shield of most machines and appliances. However, the load that this takes off human shoulders has to be carried elsewhere, and the Earth has borne the burden. Many of us woke up to the environmental cost when over a century of industrialization finally surpassed the capacity of nature to assimilate it.
International in scope, Heavy Metals in the Environment: Using Wetlands for Their Removal discusses wetland functions and heavy metal contamination. It addresses such questions as: Can systems powered by sunlight handle toxins more effectively than systems running on fossil fuel? At what scale and by what means do we define efficiency? These questions resonate increasingly with a number of global challenges.
As inescapable as climate change, you can no longer avoid airborne toxins, acid rain, and polluted water by moving away from them. When the time comes to rely less on fossil fuel-based technology, how will we clean up the aftermath of toxic misadventures?
Written by a leader in the growing field of ecological engineering, Heavy Metals in the Environment: Using Wetlands for Their Removal presents scientific studies that illustrate how natural systems use wetlands to adapt to changes in the ecosystem. It focuses primarily on lead, one of the first materials used by developing civilizations and a metal used heavily in the industrial era. The goal: to achieve a better understanding of how natural systems use wetlands to adapt to wastes.

Introduction and Background
Introductionp. 3
Problems and Needsp. 21
Background of Published Studies on Lead and Wetlandsp. 29
Biogeochemical Cycle of Lead and the Energy Hierarchyp. 49
Lead in a Cypress-Gum Swamp, Jackson County, Florida
Ecological Assessment of the Steele City Swampsp. 71
Lead Distribution in Steele City Swampsp. 81
Experiments with Lead and Acid in Wetland Microcosmsp. 87
Simulation Model of a Lead-Containing Swamp Ecosystemp. 91
Lead and Wetlands in Poland
Lead and Zinc Retention in the Biala River Wetland of Polandp. 97
Perspectives on Lead and Zinc Manufacturing, and Environmentp. 115
The Ecological Economics of Natural Wetland Retention of Leadp. 121
Value and Policy
Emergy Evaluation of Treatment Alternatives in Polandp. 145
The Evolution of Environmental Law and the Industrial Lead Cyclep. 153
Summary, Policy for Heavy Metals and Environmentp. 165
Appendices
Symbols Used in Systems Diagramsp. 171
Biogeochemical Cycle of Lead and the Energy Hierarchyp. 173
Field Measurement Methodsp. 177
Data on Biota in Sapp Swampp. 183
Methods Used for Chemical Analysis of Waters and Sedimentsp. 187
Chemical Data on the Cypress-Gum Swamps of Steele City Bay, Jackson County, Floridap. 193
Details and Statistics on Microcosm Studiesp. 201
Equations, Programs, and Calibration Table for Simulation Modelsp. 205
Data on the Biala River Wetland and the Results of the Field Experimentsp. 211
Details on Economic Valuation Methodsp. 255
Transformities Used in Calculationsp. 261
Emergy Evaluation of Polandp. 269
References to Laws Cited in Chapter 13p. 281
Referencesp. 283
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9781566704014
ISBN-10: 1566704014
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 24th May 2000
Publisher: CRC PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.57 x 17.93  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.8
Edition Number: 1

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