H.M. Selim and D.L. Sparks (ed.) 2001. Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL. Hardback, 249 pp. $295.00. ISBN 1-56670-531-2.

The fate of contaminants in the environment is controlled by several fundamental processes. The book Heavy Metals Release in Soils focuses on two of these processes, sorption–desorption and transport in soils, with emphasis on desorption. The theme of this book is that chemical desorption reactions are independent of sorption reactions, and therefore need to be studied. Many examples from both published data and new data are given to support this theme. Thus, this book brings to light a much-needed focus in the...

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