Environmental sciences : a student's companion by K J Gregory; et al

By K J Gregory; et al

This reference offers an creation to the main innovations and modern matters which are crucial for college students of environmental technology and environmental experiences to understand about.

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For example, gaseous nitrogen (N2) can be taken from the atmosphere by certain plants and microorganisms and converted into nitrogen in living tissues in a process called nitrogen fixation. , NO3, NH4) are taken up by plants and microorganisms and converted to forms of organic nitrogen in living tissue. When organic matter decomposes, the inorganic forms are released back into the environment again. Similar cycles take place for the other elements. The impact of human activities on environmental chemistry is a major area of study.

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