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Genske addresses the elemental technology and engineering of land degradation and rehabilitation from a multi-disciplinary standpoint. With an organization foundation in soil technological know-how and allied matters, this publication presents a readable creation for somebody within the sector of land remediation, no matter if as a certified or as a student.

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Qxd 26/2/07 14:34 Page 42 LAND RESOURCES like heavy metals and asbestos. Soil takes up these contaminants, retains them and partly neutralises them in three different ways: • • • mechanically chemically and biologically. The covering layer of organic matter and the upper soil horizons mechanically retain considerable amounts of sediments and dispersed matter. The porous soil matrix filters the percolating runoff, thus keeping many contaminants from entering the groundwater. e. clogging or blocking of the pores, causing a decrease in permeability.

His son Arnold shared his passion and began to draw numerous panoramas and profiles. Later, he was appointed the first chair of geology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the ETH Zürich. During his many excursions he noted an interesting feature in the Canton of Glarus where older rock overlies younger formations, a phenomenon that he could only explain with an enormous, almost horizontal thrust fault (an overthrust). But soon, he began to doubt his courageous hypothesis, even though his British colleague Sir Roderick Impey Murchison found his idea both logical and convincing.

August Rothpletz from Munich and Eduard Suess from Vienna consented to Bertrand’s interpretation. Eventually, Hans Schardt from Neuchâtel proved that the Swiss Préalpes had been thrust from central Switzerland and Maurice Lugeon, a renowned geologist from the Canton Vaud, agreed with him. 15) and has served ever since to explain complex tectonic problems. This example demonstrates how demanding the reconstruction of geological profiles is. Mountain building processes, consecutive folding and faulting often obscure the original setting and make any unambiguous interpretation difficult, sometimes even impossible.

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