The papers in this thematic set resulted from contributions to the 25th Silver Anniversary, International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment, Chaired by Professor Jerome Nriagu and held in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, from 6 to 10 August, 2000. This thematic set will be published over two issuesof Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis. One objective for assembling these papers is to further promote the studyand evaluation of the environmental effects of mining andmining-related activities. We encourage environmental geochemists to submit their results to journals such as this one. The reviewers of the papers are gratefully acknowledged for their thorough comments....

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