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Groundwater Microbiology

Book cover for Groundwater Microbiology

Publication year: 2021
Number of pages: 66
ISBN: 978-1-77470-005-1

Authors:
F. Grant Ferris
Professor,
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Natalie Szponar
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate,
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Brock A. Edwards
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate,
Centre for Earth Observation Science
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Book Description

This book introduces the principals of groundwater microbiology, from aspects of cell structure and growth, to the bioenergetics and metabolism of subsurface microorganisms, to the geochemical and physical influences of widespread microbial activity on groundwater systems and water quality. The coupling of microorganisms with their geological surroundings – a bond established billions of years ago as life took hold on our planet – is of particular value in bioremediation and microbially induced mineral precipitation applications, such as the clean-up of contaminated groundwater systems or reducing aquifer permeability.

Contents

1 INTRODUCTION

2 MICROBIOLOGY

2.1 Prokaryote Cell Structure

2.2 Cell Growth and Environment

2.3 Mass Transport and Bioenergetic Considerations

2.4 Metabolic Groups

3 GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS AS HABITATS FOR MICROBIAL LIFE

4 INFLUENCE OF MICROORGANISMS ON GROUNDWATER CHEMISTRY

4.1 Chemical Equilibria and Reaction Rates in Groundwater

4.2 Carbonate Equilibria and Groundwater Ph

4.3 Redox Conditions

4.4 Behavior of Bacteria as Geochemically Reactive Solids

4.5 Mineral Dissolution and Precipitation

5 TRANSPORT OF MICROBES IN GROUNDWATER

6 APPLIED GROUNDWATER MICROBIOLOGY

6.1 Microbial Bioremediation and Removal of Groundwater Contaminants

6.2 Applications of Microbially Induced Mineral Precipitation

7 CLOSING

8 EXERCISES

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4
Exercise 5
Exercise 6
Exercise 7
Exercise 8
Exercise 9
Exercise 10
Exercise 11
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Exercise 15
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Exercise 17
Exercise 18
Exercise 19
Exercise 20

9 REFERENCES

10 EXERCISE SOLUTIONS

Solution Exercise 1
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11 ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Interview with Authors