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Basic Concepts of Environmental Chemistry, Second Edition addresses such topics as polarity, partition behavior, fugacity, and solubility as well as the basic chemistry of compounds and processes in the environment. The text deals first with the basic properties of chemicals in terms of polarity, water solubility, and vapor pressure, followed by chapters on environmental transformations and toxicity. Expanding on the fundamentals presented, the book then describes contaminants in the environment and pollution processes in the air, water and soil environments. The second edition incorporates new advances in the field since 1997, including new material on toxic metals, atmospheric pollution, radionuclides, acid drainage water, and risk assessment.