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Environmental geology : ecology resource and hazard management

Author: K S Valdiya
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : McGraw-Hill Education LLC., c[2015]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd editionView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: K S Valdiya
OCLC Number: 910950686
Description: 1 online resource (651 pages) : illustrations, figures, tables
Contents: A. Dedication --
B. Preface to the second edition --
C. Preface to the first edition --
D. Acknowledgements --
E. Preamble: dimensions of environmental stress --
Over-used earth --
Threats from three quarters --
Ecological footprint --
Common property resources --
History of environmental degradation --
"tyranny of small decisions" --
Tragedy of population explosion --
1. Spectrum of environmental geology --
Objectives --
Scope --
Summary --
2. Ecological perspective of environment --
Meaning of ecology --
Biotic communities --
Anthropogenic changes in ecosystems --
Dynamics of the human population --
Preserving gene pools and conserving endangered species --
Forests and forest management --
Summary --
3. Land --
its use and management --
Land --
a resource --
Tragedy of commons --
Spheres of land management --
Land-capability mapping --
Human settlements and land-use --
Land-use pattern in the country --
Assessment of impacts of land-use --
Summary --
4. Soils --
types, distresses and conservation --
Nature of soil --
Soil profile --
Origin of soils --
Classification of soils --
Soil types of india --
Soil and vegetation --
Soil conservation --
Summary --
5. Water resources --
hydrogeological considerations, problems and management --
Precious resource --
Water resources of india --
Nature of groundwater --
Favourable geological conditions --
Water-holding capacity of soils and rocks --
Water-yielding capacity of aquifers --
Recharge of groundwater --
Effects of withdrawal of groundwater --
Groundwater provinces of india --
Springs in the hills --
Quality of water --
Waterlogging --
the bane of excessive irrigation --
Development of alkalinity-salinity in soils --
Water management --
Summary --
6. Conservation of mineral resources and impacts of mining --
Mineral consumption and reserves --
Appraisal of mineral resources of india --
Conservation of mineral resources --
Impacts of mining activities on the environment --
Environmental management in mining --
Summary --
7. Erosion --
causes and control --
Dimension of erosion --
Processes of erosion --
Causes of accelerated erosion --
Remedial measures --
Summary --
8. Desertification and degradation of land --
Meaning of desertification --
Extent of desertification --
Causes of desertification --
Drought --
Drylands of the indian subcontinent --
Signs of desertification in the himalaya --
Measures to combat desertification --
Summary --
9. Natural hazards, their zoning and risk assessment --
Nature of natural hazards --
Environmental security and hazard zoning --
Risk assessment analysis --
Strategies for hazard mitigation --
Summary. 10. Earthquakes and seismic hazards --
Toll of human life --
Origin and severity of earthquakes --
Effects of earthquakes --
Stability of structures and risk evaluation --
Seismicity conditions in india --
Spatial and temporal gaps in seismicity --
Coping with seismic hazards --
Earthquake-resistant houses --
Summary --
11. Instability of hill-slopes and landslides --
Landslide-prone areas --
Destablizing forces and mass-movements --
Types of mass-movements --
Identification of landslide zones --
Controlling landslides --
Subsidence and swelling of ground --
Summary --
12. Hazards in the snowy mountains --
Hazards in the himalayan domain --
Types of avalanches --
Mitigation of avalanche hazards --
Summary --
13. Floods and flood management --
The indian scene --
Causes of floods --
Flood hazards in india --
Management of floods --
Summary --
14. Coastal hazards --
cyclones and tsunamis --
Hazards on indian coasts --
Cyclones and their genesis --
Tsunamis and dimension of hazards --
Coastal hazard mitigation measures --
Summary --
15. Volcanic hazards --
Volcanic belt girdling the indian subcontinent --
Barren island --
Origin and types of volcanic activity --
Nature of volcanic hazards --
Prediction of volcanic eruptions --
Mitigation of volcanic hazard --
Summary --
16. Scope of engineering geology and geotechnics --
Role of geologists in engineering --
Paradigm of geotechnical investigations --
Environmental impact assessment --
Development without destruction --
17. Dams and reservoirs: geotechnical considerations and environmental impact --
Purposes of dams --
Stability and failure of dams --
Geological conditions of foundation material --
Seismicity conditions --
Geology of reservoir areas --
Environmental impact of water impoundment --
Alternatives to big dams --
Summary --
18. Foundations of buildings and bridges --
Structural load and foundation strength --
Ground conditions and foundation designs --
Remedial measures against settlement --
Foundations on slopes --
Groundwater and foundation problems --
Foundations of bridges --
Summary --
19. Geotechnical considerations in road and canal construction and environmental implications --
Route alignment --
Hillside cuts: stability problems --
Low-cost roads in mountains --
Environmental impacts --
Measures for stabilizing walls of road cuts --
Construction of roads and canals in flat country --
Special problems related to canals --
Summary --
20. Geotechnics of tunnels --
Imperative need --
Stress conditions in tunnels --
Influence of geological conditions --
Changes in water regime --
Summary --
21. Problems of pollution and wastes --
What is pollution --
Sources of contamination of water --
Groundwater contamination --
Pollution of river waters --
Contamination of lake waters --
Pollution of marine waters --
Treatment of polluted waters --
Nature and effects of air pollution --
Disposal of solid wastes --
Noise as a factor in pollution --
Summary --
22. Global warming and climate change --
Inevitable warning --
Impact of global warming --
Urbanization and climate of cities --
Summary --
23. Renewable sources of energy --
The energy crisis --
Energy options --
Energy from solar radiation --
Harnessing the wind --
Energy from tides and waves --
Thermal and salinity gradients in sea water --
Tapping geothermal energy --
Energy from biomass --
Alternative fuel --
Nuclear energy option --
Summary --
A. References.
Responsibility: K S Valdiya.

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