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Groundwater and the Environment

Applications for the Global Community, 1st Edition

By Igor S. Zektser, Lorne G. Everett

CRC Press

192 pages

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pub: 2000-06-21
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Historically, water has been treated as an inexhaustible resource. However, with the growth of population and development of industry and agriculture, freshwater demand has increased drastically, and its shortage felt in roughly 60% of the Earth. As early as 1931, renowned Russian scholar A.P. Karpansky wrote: "Water is not only a mineral resource, not only a means for developing agriculture. Water is a real culture bearer, it is a living blood, that creates life where there was none".

Groundwater and the Environment: Remediation Applications and the Global Community covers one of the most important ecological problems - the impact on the environment of intensive groundwater pumping out. Drawing on more than a quarter century of study, Zektser analyses and makes conclusions about groundwater exploitation throughout the world. He focuses on the close connection of groundwater to the environment - its affect on surface water streams, reservoirs, seas, landscapes, and vegetation.

The author demonstrates the importance of groundwater to the potable water supply, and its interaction with the environment. He stresses the significance of groundwater as a mineral resource. He provides techniques for assessing and mapping natural groundwater resources and develops these principles for studying water and hydrochemicals in coastal zones.

In the last twenty years, the global awareness of groundwater as one of the most important natural resources has grown. Any changes in the groundwater causes changes in the environment. Groundwater and the Environment: Remediation Applications and the Global Community increases your ability to predict the possible changes to the environment and to follow the principle: "When using - protect, when protecting - use!"

Table of Contents

Fresh Water Problems

Groundwater Function in Water Supply of Population, Industry, and Agriculture

Main Notions

Modern State and Main Principles of Rational Groundwater Use

Groundwater Overexploitation

Groundwater Resources and Their Uses in Russia

Principles of Regional Assessment and Mapping Natural Groundwater Resources

Groundwater Contribution to Water and Salt Balance of Rivers, Lakes, and Seas

Environment and Groundwater Pollution

Interconnection Between Groundwater Pollution and Environment

Human Impact on the Groundwater

Groundwater Pollution in Russia

Groundwater Vulnerability

Principles of Assessing and Mapping Groundwater Vulnerability

Some Regional Investigations

Ecological Consequences of Groundwater Pumping Out

Influence of Groundwater Withdrawal on River Runoff

Influence of Groundwater Withdrawal on Vegetation and Agriculture

Influence of Groundwater Withdrawal on Land Surface Subsidence

Influence on Groundwater Withdrawal on Sea Water Intrusion to the Coastal Zone

Groundwater Use in Public Health

Conclusion

References

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI013000
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TEC010030
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply