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Chemical Measures of Environmental Indicators

Chemical measures of environmental indicators are a type of ecological measure which are critical in assessing the state of the environment. Often times the most practical and economical method for tracking the state of a particular area is through the use of environmental indicators. For example, what if a municipal government was concerned that the water being supplied to households was unhealthy? Well, a possible way for assessing the water quality from the supply lake would be to track the levels of certain chemical measures such as the pH, pesticides and the amount of specific metals such as lead and copper. These variables can be measured using collected water samples. Water does contain trace amounts of many metals, but high levels are toxic. By using these chemical measures, the municipality would be able to gather specific information pertaining to the quality of the city’s drinking and household water supply. There are a multitude of chemical measures which can be used to track the state of the environment. Some examples of potential chemical measures include pH levels, heavy metals, nutrients, pesticides, greenhouse gas emissions, soil quality and water quality. Often, particular species, such as frogs which have very sensitive skin, can be used to track chemical changes in the environment as well. Thus, chemical measures can be used in combination with other ecological measures, such as biological measures, to track the state of the environment. Clearly there is a diversity of chemical measures available, which can be measured and tracked across different scales. The overall objective in using these measures is to supply the general public, policy makers and other stakeholders with information pertaining to the state of the environment. Hopefully, this will assist society in making decisions to preserve the health and integrity of different environments across the globe.

Petrol vs. Ethanol to mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emission from Cars

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Phytoremediation of lead in soil

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BOD Concentration and Population Equivalent

A sample of wastewater contains 0.20 lbs of BOD per 120 gallons. Question #1: Calculate the BOD concentration in mg/l. Question #2: What is the equivalent population for a small town if the flow is 1.0 MGD with an average BOD of 450 mg/l?

Aeration Time and BOD Loading

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A Trickling Filter Question

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BOD Load to the AST Tank & volume

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Wastewater Treatment - Numerical Problem

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Environmental Science #5

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Environmental Science #2

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Effects of coal combustion

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Dissolved oxygen problem/ environmental engineering

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Calcium Carbonate Dissolved per Litre

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General Chemistry / Environmental chem question

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Amount of Calcium Carbonate Dissolved

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Pecent Contribution to Alkalinity from a Solution

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PCB Concentration in Lake Michigan

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Deduce the Equilibrium Ratio of NH4+ to NO3-

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Titrations - rain water with NaOH

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pH of Rainwater and Diprotonic Acids

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Working with Concentration Conversion

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Calculate the geologic sink and source of As (arsenic) at the lake bottom.

A situation with an industrial input of arsenic directly into the lake at 10kg/Day. The lake volume is 1.2 x 10^8 m^3, and the average depth is 10m. The river velocities are measured as 100 L/min at both the inflow and outflow points. Water samples taken from the rivers show incoming arsenic is 0.02mg/L and the outgoing arseni

Calcium Carbonite in a Lake

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Environmental Chemistry

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