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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Ground Water Quality in Rural Areas of Karnataka

Title: Ground Water Quality in Rural Areas of Karnataka
Author: Dr. Oinam Jayalakshmi Devi & Dr. S.L. Belagali
ISBN: 978-93-82395-11-9
First Edition: 2013
Binding: Hardcover

About the Author:
Dr. Oinam Jayalakshmi Devi is Assistant Director in Distance Education Council (DEC), University Grant Commission (UGC) since 2011. She did her Doctoral Degree in Environmental Science from Department of Studies in Environmental Science, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri, Mysore. She is a known researcher and has published a good number of research papers in internationally and nationally reputed Journals. She has worked as Young Scientist (2007-2011) with School of Environmental Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has handled two projects and served as Principal investigator in the project funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST); besides during 2006-07 she also handled a Project from Ministry of Water resource (MoWR). She has attended and presented papers at various conferences, seminars, workshops and training programmes at national and international level.
Dr. S. L. Belagali has a teaching experience of more than 30 years and is currently Professor in Environmental Chemistry, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri, Mysore. He has done M. Sc. in Organic Chemistry from Karnataka University, Dharwad and Ph.D. in Natural Products Chemistry from Southampton University (England). He has published more than 117 papers in reputed national and internationaljournals. He has also guided 12 candidates for Ph.D. in Chemistry and Environmental Science and 4 candidates for M.Phil. Degree. He has also carried out research in field of Chemistry and Environmental Science and completed 6 research projects both national and international.

About the Book:
Water quality is commonly defined by its Physical, Chemical, Biological and Aesthetic (appearance and smell) characteristics. A healthy environment is one in which the water quality supports a rich and varied community of organisms and protects public health. Water quality is important for farming, fishing, mining and it also contributes to recreation and tourism. If water quality is not maintained, it is not just the natural ecosystems that will suffer, even the commercial and recreational value of our water resources will also get degraded. Water quality is closely linked to the surrounding environment and land use. Other than in its vapour form, water is never pure and it is always affected by community uses such as agriculture, urban and industrial uses and recreation. The modification of natural stream flows by dams and weirs can also affect water quality.

An understanding of Chemical evolution of ground water provides insight into the interaction of water with the environment and contributes to better resource management. The book is conveniently divided into 7 chapters and the aspects covered are as follows:

Chapter One - Introduction: which is introductory, deals with the aims and objectives of the present work, importance of the study, brief details of the study area and an overview of previous investigations carried out in this field.

Chapter Two - Environmental Settings: deals with the study of physiographical conditions including Geology of Karnataka and drainage, environmental conditions and environmental problems have been described.

Chapter Three - Materials and Methods: consists materials and methods which deals the analytical methods, sampling and preservation of different water samples including the details of the instruments used for the study, methods of interpretation and location and code number of samples with respective to the location maps.

Chapter Four - Interpretations of the results: Deals with regional qualities of Physico-Chemical of water, Heavy metals and microbiological parameters, interpretations, hydrochemical facies. The observed values from the study has been analysed briefly and presented in tables.

Chapter Five - Water Quality Comparisons: Water quality comparisons with overall world, observed values and impacts of Physico-chemical of water, Heavy metals, microbiological condition and distribution of Facies are discussing. It also compares the results with earlier studies, which show the important differences between the present study and also the differences due to the standards chosen for study.

Chapter Six - Statistical Analysis: gives an overview of the methods of Statistical Analysis that include Cluster analysis, correlation analysis and Hydrochemical condition. The variation patterns, reasons for some of the peaks, and major differences found are explained.

Chapter Seven - Summary and Conclusion: Concludes the book by giving the summary and conclusions arrived in this work. The chapter also highlights those areas where in-depth work is still to be made to draw further conclusions.

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