This book has been written in response to the need for an up-to-date and practical resource that provides a clear-cut differentiation between heavy metals and general metals, their management in the environment and toxicological and safety-related aspects of various heavy metals.
Generally, heavy metals are considered a dreaded lot. This book dispels certain myths about heavy metals and provides an insight into their essential role as micronutrients in our living system. Heavy metals have a widespread industrial use. Their release in the environment causes pollution and as a result substantial disturbances in the ecosystem. Mother Earth can absorb these shocks within its assimilating capacity and can correct the environmental damage by natural biological processes.