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Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry, 1/e

Donald Langmuir, Colorado School of Mines

Published December, 1996 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1997, 600 pp.
ISBN 0-02-367412-1

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Provides a thorough presentation of controls on the chemical quality of surface and subsurface waters, both pristine and polluted. Emphasis is placed on inorganic processes and on the chemistry of soil and groundwaters. Unlike most authors, whose civil/sanitary engineering backgrounds promote a more aquatic chemistry and surface water approach Langmuir's geology/geochemistry experience focuses coverage on the chemical interactions between water and geological materials. The text provides valuable training in using the geochemical computer code MINTEQA2 as integral problem-solving tool.


Emphasizes inorganic processes and the chemistry of soil and groundwaters (geology/geochemistry).
Introduces readers to the special language and assumptions of geochemical models so that they can confidently examine the output and meaning of such models.
Contains numerous worked examples and problems that have been solved using the MINTEQA2 and other geochemical computer codes.

  • Skill with the use of geochemical computer codes provides essential professional training for students who wish to work in the environmental sciences.
Makes clear and immediate connections between theoretical concepts and their practical application.
Provides a strong pedagogical framework composed of:
  • End-of-chapter examples, problems, and questions
  • More than 200 figures and 100 tables
Draws many problems from the author's own consulting experience, including those relating to:
  • Acid mine drainage and mine tailings
  • Oil-field brines
  • Deep-well injection of wastes
  • Toxic-metal contamination
  • Radioactive-waste disposal
Contains extensive updated and critically evaluated thermodynamic data for aqueous species and minerals.
Is the only current text that devotes a full chapter to the geochemistry of radionuclides and radioactive waste disposal.

Table of Contents
    1. Thermochemical Principles.
    2. Chemical Kinetics.
    3. Aqueous Complexes.
    4. Activity Coefficients of Dissolved Species.
    5. Acids and Bases.
    6. Carbonate Chemistry.
    7. Chemical Weathering.
    8. General Controls on Natural Water Chemistry.
    9. The Geochemistry of Clay Minerals.
    10. Adsorption-Desorption Reactions.
    11. Oxidation-Reduction Concepts.
    12. Iron and Sulfur Geochemistry.
    13. Actinides and Their Daughter and Fission Products.
    Geochemical Computer Models.


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