Title: Investigation, Remediation and Protection of Land Resources by Dieter D. Genske, ETH Zurich 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> book / book chapter(s) 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year of publication: 2007 
Availability: Book 
Author 1/Producer: Genske, Dieter D. 
Author / Producer Type: Media and publishers sector 
Publisher: Whittles Publishing 
Publisher City: Dunbeath Caithness Scotland. KW6 6EY 
ISBN: 9781870325875 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.whittlespublishing.com/whittles/item/2060  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Brownfields
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Soil-->Soil Overview
Short description: Your essential guide to the complex problems of investigation and remediation of degraded land. It addresses the fundamental science and engineering of land degradation and rehabilitation from a multi-disciplinary perspective and is liberally illustrated with over 200 illustrations. 
Long description: Land is a finite resource and is the basis for 90% 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. 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 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. 
Submitted By: Mrs Sue Steven WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 26/04/2007

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