Heavy Metals in the Environment: Using Wetlands for Their Removal, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Heavy Metals in the Environment

Using Wetlands for Their Removal, 1st Edition

Edited by Howard T. Odum

CRC Press

344 pages

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Much of the convenience of modern life resides in sheet metal, the cowling shield of most machines and appliances. However, the load that this takes off human shoulders has to be carried elsewhere, and the Earth has borne the burden. Many of us woke up to the environmental cost when over a century of industrialization finally surpassed the capacity of nature to assimilate it.

International in scope, Heavy Metals in the Environment: Using Wetlands for Their Removal discusses wetland functions and heavy metal contamination. It addresses such questions as: Can systems powered by sunlight handle toxins more effectively than systems running on fossil fuel? At what scale and by what means do we define efficiency? These questions resonate increasingly with a number of global challenges.

As inescapable as climate change, you can no longer avoid airborne toxins, acid rain, and polluted water by moving away from them. When the time comes to rely less on fossil fuel-based technology, how will we clean up the aftermath of toxic misadventures?

Written by a leader in the growing field of ecological engineering, Heavy Metals in the Environment: Using Wetlands for Their Removal presents scientific studies that illustrate how natural systems use wetlands to adapt to changes in the ecosystem. It focuses primarily on lead, one of the first materials used by developing civilizations and a metal used heavily in the industrial era. The goal: to achieve a better understanding of how natural systems use wetlands to adapt to wastes.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Background

Introduction, Gaia Wetland and Heavy Metals

Problems and Needs

Review of Published Studies, Lead and Wetlands

Biogeochemical Cycle of Lead and the Energy Hierarchy

Lead in a Cypress-Gum Swamp, Jackson County, Florida

Ecological Assessment of the Steele City Swamp

Lead Distribution in Steele City Swamps

Experiments with Lead and Acid in Wetland Microcosms

Simulation Model of a Lead-Containing Swamp Ecosystem

Lead and Wetlands in Poland

Lead and Zinc Retention in the Biala River Wetland in Poland

Perspectives on Heavy Metals Manufacturing, and Environment in Poland

Value and Policy

Ecological Economics of Natural Wetland Retention of Lead

Emergy Evaluation of Biala River Wetland and Its Lead Retention

The Evolution of Environmental Law and the Industrial Lead Cycle

Summary; Policy for Heavy Metals and Environment

Appendices

References

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC009010
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TEC010030
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply