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Environmental forensics : a glossary of terms
Morrison, Robert D.
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Boca Raton : CRC Press, [2000]

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246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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KF3775.A68 M67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Environmental Forensics: A Glossary of Terms contains over 3,500 definitions and 1,500 acronyms. Compiled from common technical terms encountered in millions of pages of environmental reports over the past 15 years, this book contains regulatory phrases and acronyms; geologic, toxicological, laboratory, and chemical terms; as well as words and phrases unique to environmental forensics.
The Glossary clarifies terms with multiple meanings, allows you to perform a more expedient and comprehensive review of an environmental report, and helps in deciphering works encountered during expert witness testimony at deposition and trial. Practicing environmental attorneys and environmental consultants/engineers will find this book a useful tool in correspondence, interrogatories, court filings and pleadings, and communication with environmental consultants and regulators.

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While stories about environmental lawsuits are likely to appear in tomorrow's newspaper, the phrase "environmental forensics" remains unfamiliar to the public. Firms employing consultants and attorneys systematically investigate contaminated sites and prepare reports or court cases in a manner that will withstand scientific and legal challenges. Morrison directs such a firm in Escondido, CA, and is coauthor of four recent books on chemical contamination. This glossary was intended to accompany his Environmental Forensics: Principles and Applications (2000) but is useful by itself, particularly the 46 pages of acronyms. Terms relating to organic chemistry and to the identification and measurement of contaminants make up the bulk of the glossary. Geological terms, primarily those relating to hydrogeology, stratigraphy, or soil properties, are defined, as are engineering and statistical terms. The definitions are accurate and concise, but some are too brief (an extreme example: "Hue: Color"). Science and engineering dictionaries provide more extensive definitions, but no single volume compares to this glossary of an emerging science. Recommended for academic, technical, and large public libraries. R. Steeb; New Mexico State University