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Natural Attenuation of Trace Element Availability in Soils

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* ISBN: 978-1-880611-60-9 Publication Date: 2007 Pages: 256
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Editors: Rebecca Hamon, Mike McLaughlin, Enzo Lombi

Understanding attenuation processes can be applied not only to predicting the behavior of contaminants in soil and formulating remediation strategies, but also for mitigating and enhancing the availability of micronutrients in soil for agricultural applications. Natural Attenuation of Trace Element Availability in Soils brings together pioneering researchers who discuss their cutting-edge work in this area.

  • Increases the awareness of the importance of natural attenuation in governing inorganic contaminant and nutrient bioavailability in soils.
  • Discusses mobility, bioavailability, and long-term fate of metals and contaminants in soils and sediments.
  • Describes methods for measuring attenuation, including the chemical extractions and isotopic dilution techniques.
  • Analyzes the fundamental processes responsible for the natural attenuation of contaminants and nutrients, including partitioning, diffusion, fixation, biological processes, and redox processes.
  • Clarifies consequences of natural attenuation in terms of risk assessment, soil remediation, and soil fertility.

Offering a concise, well-rounded perspective, Natural Attenuation of Trace Element Availability in Soils demonstrates how attenuation processes can significantly impact strategies for soil remediation and serve as a basis for environmental regulations.