Encyclopedia of environmental pollution and cleanup /

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Imprint:New York : Wiley, c1999-
Description:2 v. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm.
Subject:Pollution -- Encyclopedias.
Environmental protection -- Encyclopedias.
Pollution -- Encyclopedias.
Hazardous wastes -- Encyclopedias.
Environmental protection.
Environmental sciences.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/3693279
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Varying Form of Title:Wiley encyclopedia of environmental pollution and cleanup
Other authors / contributors:Meyers, Robert A. (Robert Allen), 1936-
Dittrick, Diane Kender.
ISBN:0471316121 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This abridgement of Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation, ed. by Robert A. Meyers (8v., 1998), contains 230 of the original 250 articles but condenses many, making them more descriptive and less analytical. Topics are presented in survey articles written by scholars and expert practitioners, who use the vocabulary of their topic. Technical details are further presented in well-placed and well-designed tables, graphs, and diagrams. The writing is consistently clear and well organized. Access is somewhat diminished by the lack of page ranges for entries in the index, making it impossible to find from the index the most extensive discussion of a topic. More cross-references, in both the index and the body of the encyclopedia, would benefit users; for example, the article "Organic contaminants in fresh water, distribution and fate" does not have an index entry or cross-reference from the terms "fresh water" or "water." The limits of the index make access more difficult for the targeted introductory audience. The extensive, current, and scholarly bibliographies expand the value of these volumes beyond that audience. A. Jensen University of California, Berkeley

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