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Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater. Mechanism, Analysis, and Remediation

  • ID: 2170640
  • Book
  • October 2008
  • 418 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A multidisciplinary resource for addressing arsenic contamination of groundwater

Arsenic contamination of groundwater affects about 100 million people worldwide. Countries with elevated groundwater arsenic concentrations include Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Cambodia, Canada, Ghana, Hungary, India, Laos, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater: Mechanism, Analysis, and Remediation includes an assessment of environmental health risks and economic impacts and the technologies available for dealing with the problem. It explores developments in the geochemistry, detection, measurement, removal, and toxicology of arsenic.

To develop technology for remediation, sound knowledge of geochemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and separation chemistry, including chromatography, is necessary. This book brings all these approaches together and:

  • Defines the nature and scope of the problem, including ways arsenic gets into the food chain

  • Focuses on naturally occurring arsenic and explains the mechanism of groundwater contamination

  • Describes low–cost analytical methods and testing kits

  • Discusses existing and emerging remediation methods, ranging from coagulation with ferric chloride or alum to award–winning solutions

  • Draws on the experience and expertise of world–renowned experts in microbiology, analytical chemistry, hydrology, environmental chemistry, and separation chemistry

This is a core reference for scientists working in the fields of geochemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and separation science and technology. It′s also a great resource for academic and regulatory personnel working in these fields, plus aid agencies (such as the World Health Organization, World Bank, and UNICEF) and concerned nongovernmental organizations.

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1. Problems and Solutions of Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater (Satinder Ahuja).

2. Fate of Arsenic in Irrigation Water and its Potential Impact on the Food Chain (S.M. Imamul Huq).

3. Microbial Controls on the Geochemical Behavior of Arsenic in Groundwater Systems (Farhana S. Islam).

4. Molecular Detection of Dissimilatory Arsenate–Respiring Bacteria in North Carolina Groundwater (Holly Oates and Bongkeun Song).

5. Biogeochemical Mechanisms of Arsenic Mobilization and Sequestration (Kate M. Campbell and Janet G. Hering).

6. Geomicrobiology of Iron and Arsenic in Anoxic Sediments (Carolina Reyes, Jonathan R. Lloyd, and Chad W. Saltikov).

7. Development of Measurement Technologies for the Low–Cost, Reliable, Rapid, On–Site Determination of Arsenic Compounds in Water (Julian F. Tyson).

8. Field Test Kits for Arsenic: Evaluation in Terms of Sensitivity, Reliability, Applicability, and Cost (Jörg Feldmann and Pascal Salaün).

9. Mucilage of Opuntia ficus–indica for Use as a Flocculant of Suspended Particulates and Arsenic (Kevin A. Young, Thomas Pichler, Alessandro Anzalone, and Norma Alcantar).

10. Prediction of Arsenic Removal by Adsorptive Media: Comparison of Field and Laboratory Studies (Malcolm Siegel Alicia Aragon, Hongting Zhao, Shuguang Deng, Melody Nocon, and Malynda Aragon).

11. Arsenic Remediation of Bangladesh Drinking Water Using Iron Oxide Coated Coal Ash (Ashok Gadgil, Lara Gundel, and Christina Galitsky).

12. Development of a Simple Arsenic Filter for Groundwater of Bangladesh Based on a Composite Iron Matrix (Abul Hussam and Abul K.M. Munir).

13. Community–Based Well–Head Arsenic Removal Units in Remote Villages of West Bengal, India (Sudipta Sarkar, Anirban Gupta, Lee M. Blaney, J. E. Greenleaf, Debabrata Ghosh, Ranjan K. Biswas, and Arup K. SenGupta).

14. Water Supply Technologies for Arsenic Mitigation (M. Feroze Ahmed).

15. Solutions of Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater (Satinder Ahuja).


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