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Arsenic in soil and groundwater: an overview
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering. (KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Reserach Group)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4350-9950
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2007 (English)In: Arsenic in Soil and Groundwater Environment: Biogeochemical Interactions, Health Effects and Remediation, Trace Metals and other Contaminants in the Environment / [ed] Bhattacharya, P., Mukherjee, A.B., Bundschuh, J., Zevenhoven, R. Loeppert, R.H., Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier, 2007, 9, 3-60 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Contamination of the environment with arsenic (As) from both anthropogenic and natural sources has occurred in many parts of the world and is recognized as a global problem. Principal anthropogenic sources of As include base metal smelters, gold mines, power plants that burn As-rich coals or treated lumber, disposal sites for wastes from As-processing plants, as well as industrial and municipal dump sites. In many areas, the levels of As in the environment have become one of concern and epidemiological studies have documented various adverse health effects on local populations. Arsenic poisoning episodes from exposure to industrial sources have been reported all over the world; for instance, in Japan, where cases have been associated with pollution around As mines and pollution of groundwater around As-using industries and industrial waste burial sites. Other examples of contaminated environments with increased risk for As poisoning include agricultural lands treated with arsenical pesticides, urban areas, war zones defoliated or sprayed with As compounds, and the superfund sites in the United States and other countries. Although a lot of people get exposed, most often, however, it is not possible to associate the exposure to elevated As levels with adverse human health effects. Nevertheless, long-term cumulative exposure to As in these contaminated environments should be a matter of public health concern and scientific interest.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier, 2007, 9. 3-60 p.
, Trace metals and other contaminants in the environment, ISSN 1875-1121 ; 9
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86384DOI: 10.1016/S1875-1121(06)09001-8ScopusID: 2-s2.0-44349096823ISBN: 978-044451820-0OAI: diva2:500680
QC 20120217Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-02-17Bibliographically approved

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