The book focuses on heavy metals that have damaged the ecosystem Earth and its life
forms. It characterizes natural and anthropogenic sources of pollutants, identifies physical,
chemical and biological conditions that affect their ecosystem mobility. The book
describes the pathways by which potentially toxic metals can access and concentrate
to toxic levels in organisms. The text reviews the different environmental assessment,
monitoring samples and analytical techniques used to determine how sample types
bond the metals and hence affect their bioavailibility and bioaccumulation.
Consideration is given to existing remediation methodologies and those being
researched. Finally, the book emphasizes how pre-planning during project studies
can result in the incorporation of technologies that will prevent or at least greatly
alleviate the release of toxic metals to our living environment.