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All the books reviewed this month are published by The Geological Society and available from the Geological Society Publishing House, Unit 7 Brassmill Enterprise Centre, Brassmill Lane, Bath BA1 3JN, UK (Tel: 01225 445046. Fax: 01225 442836). E-mail: angeld@geolsoc. org.uk

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Contaminated Land and Groundwater: Future Directions.D. N. Lerner & N. R. G. Walton (eds). Geological Society, London, Engineering Geology Special Publications, 14, 1998. £64/$107 hardback; viii+248pp. ISBN 1-86239-001-0.

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This Publication is a compendium of selected papers from a conference held in 1996. It comprises five sections covering cleanup, policy and protection, site investigation, pollutant behaviour and contaminant research.

Of the six papers in the cleanup section only three deal specifically with techniques: the potential of lime to stabilize inorganic contaminants in clays, LNAPL interceptor drain efficiency and biological cleanup of crude oil contaminated ground. A review paper addresses the difficulties of effective VOC ground removal while other papers describe something of the contaminant legacy in the UK and the approach being adopted to health risk assessment.

Interestingly, the section on policy, protection and vulnerability contains more papers than any other, although it provides little in terms of new perspectives. It refers to the problems of ‘orphan’ sites and the delineation of capture zones around small well sources. The economics of remediation are discussed and the need for professional training emphasized. The vulnerability of groundwater to animal waste disposal is described something of

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