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Natural Arsenic in Groundwater: Occurrences, Remediation and Management: Proceedings of the Pre-Congress Workshop "Natural Arsenic in Groundwater", 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, Italy, 18-19 August 2004
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Geochemistry and Ecotechnology. (KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group)
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Geochemistry and Ecotechnology. (KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4350-9950
Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mumbai-400076, India.
2005 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Groundwater is an important resource that serves as a backbone of human development. In several regions -mostly in developing countries- groundwater from sedimentary and hard rock aquifers used for drinking are naturally contaminated with arsenic. In different countries in Asia such as eastern India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, the situation of arsenic toxicity is alarming and severe health problems are reported amongst the inhabitants relying on groundwater as sources of water for drinking purposes. Arsenic occurrences in groundwater in Bengal Delta Plain of West Bengal, India and Bangladesh is one of the largest environmental health disaster of the present century, where at least 50 million people is at risk of cancer and other arsenic related diseases due to the consumption of high arsenic groundwater. In these same countries, land and agricultural sustainability is threatened by the use of arsenic contaminated irrigation water. In several Middle- and South-American countries, for example in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, high arsenic is reported in natural waters. In Argentina, at least 1.2 million people are affected. Elevated levels of natural arsenic in groundwater due to geogenic sources, is therefore an issue of primary environmental concern, which limits the use of these resources for drinking or other purposes, and hinders the economic and social development. Hence there is need to improve our understanding on the genesis of high arsenic groundwaters from the various aquifers in order to develop strategies of e to improve the socio-economic status of the affected regions.

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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2005. , 339 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86146DOI: 10.1201/9780203970829ISBN: 978-0-415-36700-4 (print)ISBN: 978-0-203-97082-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-86146DiVA: diva2:500481
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