- Covers the source, chemistry, and effects of environmental toxicants in animals, plants, and humans
- Describes known and suggested biochemical mechanisms of toxicity
- Contains detailed descriptions of EPA's "Criteria Pollutants"
Basic Concepts of Environmental Chemistry, Second Edition addresses such topics as polarity, partition behavior, fugacity, and quantitative structure activity relationships as well as the basic chemistry of compounds and processes in the environment. The text deals first with the basic properties of chemicals in terms of polarity, water solubility, and vapor pressure, followed by a section on the basic properties of metals. Expanding on the fundamentals presented, the book then describes contaminants in the environment and processes that occur in the natural environment. The second edition incorporates new advances in the field since 1997, including new material on acid drainage water.