July 2009, Vol. 21, No.7

Water Volumes

Applications of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry, A Practical Guide, Second Edition

Eugene R. Weiner (2008). CRC Press, 6000 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487, 436 pp., $99.95, hardcover, ISBN: 0-8493-9066-4.

This book would be an excellent textbook for a chemistry course that focuses on applications, especially engineering applications. Professionals and students working in disciplines other than chemistry, such as environmental engineering and soil sciences, also may find this a useful reference book.

The book is divided into 10 chapters covering various topics of basic water quality parameter quantifications. Selected topics in environmental chemistry, including drinking water treatment and municipal wastewater reuse, are discussed in the final chapter, providing supplementary application material for environmental and agricultural professionals. Soil scientists also may find this book a handy reference, since one chapter is devoted entirely to basic concepts of soil, groundwater, and subsurface contamination.

For the second edition, a new chapter on radionuclides has been added. In addition, chapters on light nonaqueous-phase liquids and dense nonaqueous-phase liquids have been reorganized to focus more on biodegradation and bioremediation.

The book also integrates calculation examples with step-by-step details into basic chemistry concept description to provide the essential background for readers to solve environmental chemistry problems. “Rules of Thumb” are scattered throughout the book, providing a quick, convenient way for readers to pick up the important aspects of the topics being discussed. There also are plenty of figures, tables, and equations that help clarify the concepts of aquatic chemistry and applications in field practices. The water quality profile of groundwater also is discussed.

The end-of-chapter exercises provide a good opportunity for readers to revisit the concepts and applications discussed in the text. Readers also may find the appendix, a concise guide of water quality parameters from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, handy and useful.

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Gang Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida A&M University–Florida State University (Tallahassee).