chapter  11
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Environmental and Industrial Importance of Humic Matter

Because of its unique electrochemical and ion exchange behavior, humic matter plays a significant role in the environment. Its function in soils and the biochemical cycles are so vital that many, if not all, biochemical activities will come to a standstill in the absence of humic matter. Degradation of soils starts with the destruction of humic matter, bringing with it all kinds of environmental disasters.