On hearing of this new book, I was intrigued to see what the approach would be in comparison to the classic compendium with the similar title Trace Elements in Soils and Plants (Kabata-Pendias & Pendias 19XX). The approach in this new book is, indeed, very different and considerably more restricted in scope, covering only a few elements. Irina Shtangeeva has assembled a miscellany of articles written by 17 professionals from ten countries, but the only seven elements that are discussed in any detail are As, Au, Cd, Cu, Pb, Sc and Th, plus a chapter on rare earth...

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