States Academic Press
Medical Science - Public Health
The Earth is primarily composed of minerals and rocks. These components are the source of all chemical elements that have an effect on human and animal populations. Medical geology is an emerging interdisciplinary scientific field that studies the interrelation between natural geological factors and their impact on human and animal health. There are various geologic processes in which humans are exposed to chemical elements of the Earth. Some of the geologic processes are erosion, transportation and deposition, and the action of wind, water and ice. Volcanic eruption is also a major source that can release huge quantities of harmful chemicals such as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, mercury, lead, radon, and uranium into the atmosphere. The field of medical geology is complex and requires a multidisciplinary approach to find the right balance and intake of elements in order to improve and maintain health. This book provides comprehensive insights into the field of medical geology. Students, professional researchers, policymakers and the general public will find it full of crucial and unexplored concepts.