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Ground-water microbiology and geochemistry

Author: Frank Chapelle
Publisher: New York : Wiley, ©1993.
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The difficult struggle to protect our valuable ground-water resources necessarily involves scientists and engineers from many disciplines. To prevail in this effort, these practitioners - including microbiologists, hydrogeologists, geoscientists, and environmental engineers - must have a common understanding of essential ground-water quality issues and problems. That includes a basic grasp of how microorganisms and  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chapelle, Frank.
Ground-water microbiology and geochemistry.
New York : Wiley, ©1993
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Chapelle
ISBN: 0471529516 9780471529514
OCLC Number: 25552527
Description: xix, 424 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Overview of Microbiology --
History, Geology, and Microbiology --
Geology--An Observational Science --
Microbiology--An Experimental Science --
Ground-Water Chemistry and Subsurface Microbiology --
Subsurface Microbiology and the Geosciences --
Subsurface Microbiology and Microbial Ecology --
Subsurface Microbiology and Contaminant Biodegradation --
Microorganisms Present in the Ground-Water Environment --
The Bacteria --
The Eucarya --
Eucaryotes in Ground-Water Systems --
The Archaea --
The Viruses --
Viral Ecology --
Viruses in Ground-Water Systems --
Bacteria in Ground-Water Systems --
Classifying Bacteria --
Gram-Negative Bacteria Found in Ground-Water Systems --
Gram-Positive Bacteria in Ground-Water Systems --
Bacterial Growth --
Bacterial Reproduction --
Population Growth Kinetics --
Environmental Conditions and Bacterial Growth --
Temperature --
Water --
Molecular Oxygen --
pH --
Osmotic Pressure --
Techniques for Culturing Bacteria --
Design of Growth Media --
Isolating Bacteria from Environmental Samples --
Enumerating Bacteria --
Viable Counting Procedures --
Direct Counting Procedures --
Bacterial Metabolism --
Thermodynamics and Bacterial Metabolism --
ATP Synthesis-Storing Energy --
Electron Transport Systems--Releasing Energy --
Chemiosmosis--Harnessing Energy from Electron Transport --
The Role of Enzymes --
Energy-Releasing Pathways of Geochemical Importance --
Lactate and Acetate Fermentations --
Ferredoxins and the Production of Hydrogen and Acetate in Fermentation --
Methanogenic Pathways.
Responsibility: Francis H. Chapelle.
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