Volume 9. Arsenic in Soil and Groundwater Environment

1st Edition

Biogeochemical Interactions, Health Effects and Remediation


  • Prosun Bhattacharya
  • Arun B. Mukherjee
  • Jochen Bundschuh
  • Ron Zevenhoven
  • Richard Loeppert
  • Description

    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.

    Key Features

    Written in simple English, and few technical terms, the book is designed to create interest within the countries with occurrences of arsenic in drinking water with · an update the current status of knowledge on the dynamics of natural arsenic from the aquifers through groundwater to food chain and efficient techniques for arsenic removal. · serve as a standard text book for graduate, postgraduate students and researchers in the field of Environmental Sciences and Hydrogeochemistry as well as researchers, environmental scientists and chemists, toxicologists, medical scientists and even for general public seeking an in-depth view of arsenic which had been classed as a carcinogen. · bring awareness, among administrators, policy makers and company executives, on the problem and to improve the international cooperation


    biochemists, biogeochemists

    Table of Contents

    Preface About the Editors List of Contributors Section I: Introduction Arsenic in Soil and Groundwater: An Overview J. O. Nriagu, P. Bhattacharya, A. B. Mukherjee, J. Bundschuh, and R. Zevenhoven Section II: Arsenic in Groundwater: Global Occurrences Trends 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. McCarthy Source 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. Hillman Natural Arsenic in Groundwater and Alkaline Lakes at the Upper Paraguay Basin, Pantanal, Brazil L. Barbie´ro, S. C. Furquý´m, V. Valles, S. Furian, A. Sakamoto, A. Rezende Filho and M. Fort Arsenic in Surface- and Groundwater in Central Parts of the Balkan Peninsula (SE Europe) A. Dangic´ Section III: Arsenic in Soil Environment Geochemical Modelling of Arsenic Adsorption to Oxide Surfaces J. P. Gustafsson and P. Bhattacharya Arsenic 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. Deda Arsenic Concentration in Selected Soils Around Abeokuta, Southwestern Nigeria A. M. Gbadebo Levels of Trace Metals and Sequential Extraction of Arsenic in Topsoil and Sand from Sandboxes at Playgrounds in Oslo, Norway L. Tijhuis, B. Brattli and O. M. Sæther Section IV: Arsenic in Plants and Crops Spatial Distribution, Localization, and Speciation of Arsenic


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    About the editors

    Prosun Bhattacharya

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

    Arun B. Mukherjee

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Helsinki University, Finland

    Jochen Bundschuh

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad ICE,San Jose, Costa Rica

    Ron Zevenhoven

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

    Richard Loeppert

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Texas A&M University, College Station, USA