Quantitative Chemical Analysis
One of the key elements of environmental chemistry is the quantitative chemical analysis. It gives the data that forms the basis of numerous studies related to environment.
Chemical measures of the quality of water include dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, pH level, dissolved solids, heavy metals that includes mercury, cadmium, and pesticides!
Nutrients that are percolating from the lands of agriculture into the water bodies lead to the breeding of algae and also eutrophication. The urban pollutants get washed away from impervious surfaces like the parking lots, rooftops and roads during rainy storms.
The typical pollutants include motor oil, hydrocarbon compounds, nutrients, metals, gasoline and sediments. Common analytical techniques that are used in environmental chemistry’s quantitative determinations include the classical wet chemistry such as the methods like titrimetric estimation, electrochemical, and gravimetric analysis.
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