Investigation, Remediation and Protection of Land Resources

By D. Genske Dieter

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A guide to the complex problems of investigation and remediation of degraded land. This book addresses the fundamental science and engineering of land degradation and rehabilitation from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It provides an introduction for those in the area of land remediation.

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Whittles Publishing has been established for some years but recently has expanded significantly, becoming a well-known technical publisher on a global stage. They publish quality, well-produced and attractive books and specialise in the following subjects: geomatics, civil and structural engineering and applied science. They are also developing new lists in specific disciplines including architecture and landscape, manufacturing and materials technology, fuel and energy science and geotechnics. They also publish non-technical books within the following areas: maritime, pharology, military history, nature and exploration.

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Land is a finite resource and is the basis for 90 per cent of all human food, livestock feed, fibre, and fuel - and we are running out of it. Even worse, large amounts are degraded with only a third showing no signs of degradation, and a quarter being severely or very severely degraded. The economic implications of land degradation are vast and closer investigation of the costs involved in remediating degraded and contaminated industrial wasteland may reveal significantly higher costs, especially since large areas of industrial degradation have not yet been assessed. This book addresses the fundamental science and engineering of land degradation and rehabilitation from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The first part of the book discusses natural ground profiles dealing with soil science and the underlying geology, the functions of natural ground and ground engineering properties. In the second part, three basic mechanisms of ground degradation are introduced: erosion, chemical degradation and physical degradation. The third part addresses remediation, including strategies and techniques to investigate the ground and remediation measures.


Finally, issues of land protection are outlined and a general strategy of sustainable land management are discussed. With a firm basis in soil science and allied subjects, this book provides an eminently readable and thoughtful introduction for anyone in the area of land remediation, whether as a professional seeking an overview or a student requiring a broad perspective.

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Format Hardback
Imprint Whittles Publishing
Publication Date 29 May 2007
ISBN 9781870325875
Number of Pages 320

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'... a good point where to start and a sounding bell for those who are or will be in the position to act directly on the land. It bridges the gap between different subjects, different technical subjects and scientific knowledge. ... the book can be quite useful in introducing researchers and professionals, and especially students in engineering and environmental geology to the concepts of sustainability.' Science Direct'... one of the book's positive features is its 'reader-friendly' approach. It provides clear explanations of the situation; describes the problems; provides breif summaries of the fundamentals of soil mechanics and hydraulic properties; and gives some useful information on rocks. ... provides the reader with valuable background information... A wide selection of case studies ... the author has excelled in giving symptomatic examples ... The readable case histories ... make the book pleasant reading, and bring scientific and engineering knowledge close to the reader...' Land Contamination & Reclamation

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