The following is a paper written by Jane Plant about the problems of man-made chemicals in the environment, and was awarded the Wardell Armstrong Prize of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in 2005.
This paper originally appeared in Applied Earth Science (2005, Vol. 114, pp. B65-B97), a journal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and AusIMM. For further information, please go to www.maney.co.uk/journals/aes