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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Environmental chemistry in Brasil.
Author: Mozeto, AA
Jardim, WD
Abstract: Defining environmental chemistry is a not an easy task because it encompasses many different topics. According to Stanley E. Manahan, author of a classical textbook of Environmental Chemistry, this branch could be defined as the one centered in the study of the sources, transport, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, soil, and air environments, as well as the influence of human activity upon these processes. More recently, new knowledge emerged from the Environmental Toxicology allowed to go even deeper in the meaning of 'effects' and 'fates' of a continuous growing number of organic and inorganic species disposed in water bodies, soils and atmosphere. Toxicity tests became an important tool to evaluate the environmental impact of such species to a great number of organisms, thus allowing to set quality criteria for drinking water, sediments and biota. The state of art shows that environmental chemistry is a multi-inter disciplinary science by nature; therefore, it needs more than a limited, unique-approach and non-oriented set of data to understand the nature of natural processes. Taking all these aspects into consideration, one can say that Environmental Chemistry in Brazil is now a well established area of research within the classical areas of the Chemistry, with a large number of emerging groups as well research groups with worldwide recognition.
Subject: environmental chemistry
environmental chemistry division
Country: Brasil
Editor: Soc Brasileira Quimica
Citation: Quimica Nova. Soc Brasileira Quimica, v. 25, n. 7, n. 11, 2002.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0100-40422002000800002
Date Issue: 2002
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