Soil & Water Conservation

Heavy Metal Contamination of Water and Soil
Analysis, Assessment, and Remediation Strategies

Editor: Elham Asrari, PhD

Heavy Metal Contamination of Water and Soil

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: February 2014
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771880046
E-Book ISBN: 9781482239652
Pages: 385pp
Binding Type: hardbound

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

Heavy metals have been used by humans for thousands of years. Although adverse health effects of heavy metals have been known for a long time, exposure to them continues and is even increasing in some areas. The adequate protection and restoration of soil and water ecosystems contaminated by heavy metals require their characterization and remediation. Remediating heavy metal contaminated soils and water is necessary to reduce the associated health and ecological risks, make the land resource available for agricultural production, enhance food security, and scale down land tenure problems.

The chapters in this book discuss both the causes and the environmental impact of heavy metal contamination, and several chapters also discuss many exciting new methods of analysis and decontamination currently studied and applied in the field today.

The book
  • discusses various sources of heavy metal contamination
  • shows the determining factors of landscape and human behavior on heavy metal contamination
  • presents methods for analyzing contaminated waters and soil
  • presents various approaches to biological remediation of contaminated soil and water

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1. Heavy Metals in Contaminated Soils: A Review of Sources, Chemistry, Risks and Best Available Strategies for Remediation

Raymond A. Wuana and Felix E. Okieimen
Part II: Heavy Metal Contamination

Chapter 2. Leaching Behavior of Heavy Metals and Transformation of Their Speciation in Polluted Soil Receiving Simulated Acid Rain

Shun-an Zheng, Xiangqun Zheng, and Chun Chen

Chapter 3. Spatially Explicit Analysis of Metal Transfer to Biota: Influence of Soil Contamination and Landscape

Clémentine Fritsch, Michaël Coeurdassier, Patrick Giraudoux, Francis Raoul, Francis Douay, Dominique Rieffel, Annette de Vaufleury, and Renaud Scheifler

Chapter 4. Heavy Metal Contamination of Soil and Sediment in Zambia

Yoshinori Ikenaka, Shouta M. M. Nakayama, Kaampwe Muzandu, Kennedy Choongo, Hiroki Teraoka, Naoharu Mizuno, and Mayumi Ishizuka

Chapter 5. Human Exposure Pathways of Heavy Metals in a Lead-Zinc Mining Area, Jiangsu Province, China

Chang-Sheng Qu, Zong-Wei Ma, Jin Yang, Yang Liu, Jun Bi, and Lei Huang
Part III: Analysis and Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination

Chapter 6. Integrated Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination in Sediments from a Coastal Industrial Basin, NE China

Xiaoyu Li, Lijuan Liu, Yugang Wang, Geping Luo, Xi Chen, Xiaoliang Yang, Bin Gao, and Xingyuan He

Chapter 7. A Determination of Metallothionein in Larvae of Freshwater Midges (Chironomus riparius) Using Brdicka Reaction

Ivo Fabrik, Zuzana Ruferova, Klara Hilscherova, Vojtech Adam, Libuse Trnkova, and Rene Kizek

Chapter 8. Multivariate Statistical Assessment of Heavy Metal Pollution Sources of Groundwater Around a Lead and Zinc Plant

Abbas Ali Zamani, Mohammad Reza Yaftian, and Abdolhossein Parizanganeh

Chapter 9. Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination of Agricultural Soil around Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ), Bangladesh: Implication of Seasonal Variation and Indices

Syed Hafizur Rahman, Dilara Khanam, Tanveer Mehedi Adyel, Mohammad Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Aminul Ahsan, and Mohammad Ahedul Akbor
Part IV: Remediation of Heavy Metal Contamination

Chapter 10. Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals: A Green Technology

P. Ahmadpour, F. Ahmadpour, T. M. M. Mahmud, Arifin Abdu, M. Soleimani, and F. Hosseini Tayefeh

Chapter 11. Assessment of the Efficacy of Chelate-Assisted Phytoextraction of Lead by Coffeeweed (Sesbania exaltata Raf.)

Gloria Miller, Gregorio Begonia, Maria Begonia, Jennifer Ntoni, and Oscar Hundley

Chapter 12. Sustainable Sources of Biomass for Bioremediation of Heavy Metals in Waste Water Derived from Coal-Fired Power Generation

Richard J. Saunders, Nicholas A. Paul, Yi Hu, and Rocky de Nys

Chapter 13. Characterization of the Metabolically Modified Heavy Metal-Resistant Cupriavidus metallidurans Strain MSR33 Generated for Mercury Bioremediation

Luis A. Rojas, Carolina Yáñez, Myriam Gonzólez, Soledad Lobos, Kornelia Smalla, and Michael Seeger

Chapter 14. A Ferritin from Dendrorhynchus zhejiangensis with Heavy Metals Detoxification Activity

Chenghua Li, Zhen Li, Ye Li, Jun Zhou, Chundan Zhang, Xiurong Su, and Taiwu Li


About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Elham Asrari, PhD
Civil Engineering Department

Dr. Elham Asrari is an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Department. She is a researcher and author, having published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the fields of air pollution, water pollution and wastewater pollution. She received her MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and her PhD in Environmental Sciences from Pune University, Pune, India.

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