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Environmental Chemistry

A global perspective

Fourth Edition

Gary W. vanLoon and Stephen J. Duffy

16 November 2017

ISBN: 9780198749974

600 pages

In Stock

Price: £54.99

The only book on environmental chemistry to strike the perfect balance between depth and breadth of coverage, making it a one-stop shop for students.



Environmental Chemistry: A global perspective describes the chemical principles which underpin the natural processes occurring within and between the air, water, and soil, and explores how human activities have impacted on these processes, giving rise to environmental issues of global concern.

  • Strikes a perfect balance between depth and breadth of coverage, making it a one-stop shop for students of environmental chemistry
  • Emphasizes general principles, covered at just the right depth for readers to develop a thorough understanding of natural processes
  • Carefully structured explanations ensure that students from a variety of backgrounds can master the important chemical concepts
  • In-text questions and end-of-chapter problems encourage students to check their understanding,and apply what they have learned to new scenarios and issues
  • Main points given throughout each chapter highlight the key concepts being presented
  • Online resources feature additional resources for lecturers to enhance the educational value of the text

New to this edition

  • New topics now added, including asbestos, fracking, ocean acidification, and the chemistry of constructed wetlands
  • Updated data and information throughout the book, particularly in chapters covering fast moving subjects such as stratospheric chemistry, the chemistry of urban and indoor atmospheres, and the chemistry of global climate
  • A new Appendix explaining how to use online software to do speciation calculations
  • New and improved learning features: more 'Literature Links' to direct students to the associated research in the field, additional 'Fermi questions' providing thought experiments which encourage strategic thinking, and new 'Think about this' boxes to encourage students to pause and reflect on the relevance of what they have learnt
  • Examples and quantitative problems now further clarified with additional labelling and explanations

About the Author(s)

Gary W. vanLoon, Emeritus Professor, School of Environmental Studies Queen's University, Canada, and Stephen J. Duffy, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Mount Allison University, Canada

Table of Contents

    1:Environmental chemistry
    Part A: The Earth's atmosphere
    2:The Earth's atmosphere
    3:Stratospheric chemistry - ozone
    4:Tropospheric chemistry - smog
    5:Tropospheric chemistry - precipitation
    6:Atmospheric aerosols
    7:Chemistry of urban and indoor atmospheres
    8:The chemistry of global climate
    Part B: The hydrosphere
    9:The hydrosphere
    10:Distribution of species in aquatic systems
    11:Gases in water
    12:Organic matter in water
    13:Metals and semi-metals in the hydrosphere
    14:Environmental chemistry of colloids and surfaces
    15:Microbiological processes
    16:Water pollution and water treatment chemistry
    Part C: The terrestrial environment
    17:The terrestrial environment
    18:Soil properties
    19:The chemistry of solid wastes
    20:Toxic organic chemicals
    21:The future Earth


"The book is well written and clear to understand. Unlike its competitors, it makes the complex simple." - Matthew-John Tully, student, University of Bangor

"I enjoyed reading Environmental Chemistry and I feel that it was very helpful in aiding my understanding of the subject. It includes many worked examples with explanations and clear diagrams." - Xinci Koh, student, University of Durham

"This text gives a thorough treatment of all aspects of environmental chemistry. I particularly liked the inclusion of the more probing Fermi questions that require integration of the material with concepts and ideas beyond the text and lead to some very interesting results!" - Patrick Boaler, student, University of York

"Environmental Chemistry is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the chemistry of the Earths atmosphere and environment. The authors provide clear graphs and diagrams throughout to explain the text in a concise manner. Throughout, the theory is supported strongly with data, research and calculations." - Adam Stubbs, student, Newcastle University

Additional Resources

For students:
·Ten multiple choice questions per chapter
·Links to useful websites
·Literature updates since publication

For lecturers:
· Solutions manual containing solutions to problems presented in the book
· Figures from the book, available to download