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Environmental Chemistry

A Global Perspective, Fourth Edition

Gary W. vanLoon and Stephen J. Duffy

Striking a balance between depth and breadth, this text helps students develop a thorough understanding of the natural processes of environmental chemistry. Guiding us through the chemical composition of the three key environmental systems - the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and terrestrial environment - this text explains the chemical processes which occur within and between each system and how human activity affects these systems.

Readership : Advanced undergraduates studying Environmental Chemistry as part of a Chemistry or Environmental Science Programme.


  • "The book is well written and clear to understand. Unlike its competitors, it makes the complex simple."
    --Matthew-John Tully, student, University of Bangor

  • "I enjoyed reading Environmental Chemistry and I feel that it was very helpful in aiding my understanding of the subject. It includes many worked examples with explanations and clear diagrams."
    --Xinci Koh, student, University of Durham

  • "This text gives a thorough treatment of all aspects of environmental chemistry. I particularly liked the inclusion of the more probing Fermi questions that require integration of the material with concepts and ideas beyond the text and lead to some very interesting results!"
    --Patrick Boaler, student, University of York

  • "Environmental Chemistry is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere and environment. The authors provide clear graphs and diagrams throughout to explain the text in a concise manner. Throughout, the theory is supported strongly with data, research and calculations."
    --Adam Stubbs, student, Newcastle University

1. Environmental Chemistry
Part A: The Earth's Atmosphere
2. The Earth's Atmosphere
3. Stratospheric Chemistry - Ozone
4. Tropospheric Chemistry - Smog
5. Tropospheric Chemistry - Precipitation
6. Atmospheric Aerosols
7. Chemistry of Urban and Indoor Atmospheres
8. The Chemistry of Global Climate
Part B: The Hydrosphere
9. The Hydrosphere
10. Distribution of Species in Aquatic Systems
11. Gases in Water
12. Organic Matter in Water
13. Metals and Semi-Metals in the Hydrosphere
14. Environmental Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces
15. Microbiological Processes
16. Water Pollution and Water Treatment Chemistry
Part C: The Terrestrial Environment
17. The Terrestrial Environment
18. Soil Properties
19. The Chemistry of Solid Wastes
20. Toxic Organic Chemicals
21. The Future Earth

Instructor Resources:
- Solutions manual containing solutions to problems presented in the book
- Figures from the book, available to download
Student Resources:
- Ten multiple choice questions per chapter
- Links to useful websites
- Literature updates since publication

Gary W. vanLoon is Emeritus Professor at the School of Environmental Studies Queen's University, Canada. Stephen J. Duffy is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Mount Allison University, Canada.

Making Sense - Margot Northey and Joan McKibbin

Special Features

  • Accessible and engaging writing style ensures this text is suitable for students with varied backgrounds in chemistry.
  • Practical approach applies the subject's often abstract concepts to real-life situations, demonstrating the subject's relevance.
  • - Fermi Question boxes throughout the text ask students to apply their newly acquired chemical knowledge to solve real-life problems, such as "What volume of fuel would be consumed during the morning 'rush hour' of a typical large-sized North American city?"
  • - Literature Link features highlight and summarize recent research in global environmental chemistry. This helps to bridge the gap between the book and primary literature, demonstrating the relevance of the subject for cutting-edge developments in the field.
  • Pedagogical tools ease students with limited backgrounds in chemistry into the subject, whilst also retaining the quantitative approach to the subject which is necessary for students with higher level chemistry.
  • - Main Point boxes reinforce the key points of each chapter.
  • - Explanatory notes for key equations provide mathematical support throughout.
  • - Worked examples of key equations guide students through the mathematic material.
  • - Clear figures throughout illustrate key concepts.
New to this Edition
  • Refreshed 2-colour design helps clarify figures and improves accessibility.
  • New coverage on topics such as asbestos, fracking, ocean acidification, and the chemistry of constructed wetlands.
  • Updated data and information throughout, particularly in chapters covering fast-moving subjects such as stratospheric chemistry, the chemistry of urban and indoor atmospheres, and the chemistry of global climate.
  • Enhanced pedagogical features include more Literature Links, additional Fermi Question boxes, and NEW! Think About This boxes to encourage students to pause and reflect on the relevance of what they have learned.
  • A new appendix explains how to use online software to do speciation calculations.