Arsenic in Soil and Groundwater Environment

Biogeochemical Interactions, Health Effects and Remediation

Edited by

  • Prosun Bhattacharya, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Arun B. Mukherjee, Helsinki University, Finland
  • Jochen Bundschuh, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad ICE,San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ron Zevenhoven, Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
  • Richard Loeppert, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

This volume presents the recent developments in the field of arsenic in soil and groundwater. Arranged into nine sections, the text emphasizes the global occurrences of arsenic in the environment, particularly on its source, pathways, behavior, and effects it has on soils, plants, water, animals, and humans. It also covers the diverse issues of arsenic in the mining environment, arsenic emanating from hydrothermal springs, and the geochemical modeling of arsenic adsorption to oxide surfaces. Finally, the text includes different cost effective removal mechanisms of arsenic from drinking water using natural red earth, solar oxidation, and arsenic oxidation by ferrrate.
View full description


biochemists, biogeochemists


Book information

  • Published: May 2007
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51820-0

Table of Contents

PrefaceAbout the Editors List of Contributors Section I: IntroductionArsenic in Soil and Groundwater: An Overview J. O. Nriagu, P. Bhattacharya, A. B. Mukherjee, J. Bundschuh, and R. ZevenhovenSection II: Arsenic in Groundwater: Global OccurrencesTrends in Arsenic Concentration at Tubewells in Bangladesh:Conceptual Models, Numerical Models, and Monitoring Proxies W. Burgess, K. M. Ahmed, A. Carruthers, H. Cheetham, J. Cobbing, M. Cuthbert, S. Mather and E. McCarthySource Identification for Groundwater Arsenic in the Verde Valley, Central Arizona, USA R. D. Foust Jr, M. Brandstrom, G. Evans, P. Nez, D. Waupoose and E. HillmanNatural Arsenic in Groundwater and Alkaline Lakes at the UpperParaguay Basin, Pantanal, Brazil L. Barbie´ro, S. C. Furquý´m, V. Valles, S. Furian, A. Sakamoto, A. Rezende Filho and M. FortArsenic in Surface- and Groundwater in Central Parts of theBalkan Peninsula (SE Europe) A. Dangic´Section III: Arsenic in Soil EnvironmentGeochemical Modelling of Arsenic Adsorption to Oxide Surfaces J. P. Gustafsson and P. BhattacharyaArsenic in the Soil Environment of Central Balkan Peninsula,Southeastern Europe: Occurrence, Geochemistry, and Impacts A. Dangic´ and J. Dangic´Arsenic in Soil Environments in Albania P. Lazo, A. Cullaj, A. Arapi and T. DedaArsenic Concentration in Selected Soils Around Abeokuta,Southwestern Nigeria A. M. GbadeboLevels of Trace Metals and Sequential Extraction of Arsenicin Topsoil and Sand from Sandboxes at Playgroundsin Oslo, Norway L. Tijhuis, B. Brattli and O. M. SætherSection IV: Arsenic in Plants and CropsSpatial Distribution, Localization, and Speciation of Arsenicin the Hyperaccumulating Fern Pteris vittata L. B. R. Bondada, R. S. Underhill, L. Q. Ma, Y. Guyodo, A. Mikhaylova, M. R. Davidson and R. S. DuranArsenic Accumulation by Talinum cuneifolium – Application forPhytoremediation of Arsenic-Contaminated Soils of Patancheru,Hyderabad, India K. Chandra Sekhar, C. T. Kamala, N. S. Chary and A. B. MukherjeeEffects of Arsenic-Contaminated Irrigation Water, Zinc andOrganic Matter on the Mobilization of Arsenic in Soilsin Relation to Rice (Oryza sativa L.) D. K. DasSection V. Arsenic in Contaminated Sites (including Mining Wastes)Long-Term Environmental Impact of arsenic-dispersion inMinas Gerais, Brazil J. Matschullat, K. Birmann, R. P. Borba, V. Ciminelli,E. M. Deschamps, B. R. Figueiredo, T. Gabrio, S. Haßler, A. Hilscher, I. Jungha¨nel, N. de Oliveira, K. Raßbach, H. Schmidt, M. Schwenk, M. J. de Oliveira Vilhena and U. WeidnerProcesses and Conditions Affecting Elevated Arsenic Concentrations in Groundwaters of Tulare Basin, California, USA S. Gao, K. K. Tanji and G. S. Ban˜uelosArsenic in Soils in the Areas of Former Mining and Mineral Processing in Lower Silesia, Southwestern Poland A. Karczewska, A. Bogda and A. KrysiakArsenic Speciation and Mobility in Mine Wastes from a Copper–Arsenic Mine in Devon, UK: An SEM, XAS, Sequential Chemical Extraction Study B. Palumbo-Roe, B. Klinck and M. CaveOrigin and Fate of Arsenic in a Historic Mining Area of Mexico .M. A. Armienta, C. R. Rodrý´guez, L. K. Ongley, H. Brust, F. Morales, A. Aguayo, O. Cruz and N. CenicerosSection VI: Biogeochemistry of Arsenic in Soils and Aquatic EnvironmentDynamics of Arsenic at Hydrothermal Spring Outlets: Role of Iron xyhydroxides and Carbonates C. Le Guern, P. Conil and P. BarangerSection VII: Wastes and Material FlowArsenic Flows in the Environment of the European Union: A Synoptic Review R. Zevenhoven, A. B. Mukherjee and P. BhattacharyaSection VIII: Health Risks of ArsenicArsenic in Drinking Water and Bladder Cancer: Review ofEpidemiological Evidence J. R. Meliker and J. O. NriaguSection IX: Arsenic RemediationRole of Natural Red Earth in Arsenic Removal in DrinkingWater–Comparison with Synthetic Gibbsite and Goethite M. Vithanage, R. Chandrajith and R. WeerasooriyaHousehold Water Treatment Option: Removal of Arsenicin Presence of Natural Iron-Containing Groundwater by SolarOxidation P. Mukherjee, D. Chatterjee, J. Jana, P. B. Maity, H. Saha,M. Sen and B. NathArsenite Oxidation by Ferrate in Aqueous Solution M. Fan, N. Li, C. Chuang, Y. Shi, R. C. Brown, J. van Leeuwen, K. Banerjee and J. Qu, H. ChenAuthor IndexSubject Index