Arsenic contamination has become a global phenomenon. With the development of advanced technological detection tools, more geographical areas have been identified. The people most affected are those in the poorer socio-economic groups. The research articles in this book have been contributed by scientists working in areas severely affected by these difficulties. The book includes an assessment of environmental health risks and economic impacts, and the technologies available for dealing with the problem. Written in a straightforward style, the book is designed to update knowledge on the dynamics of natural arsenic from the aquifers through groundwater to the food chain. It outlines efficient techniques for arsenic removal and inform administrators, policy makers and company executives, and aims to increase awareness of the problem.
"…this book, although it is a proceedings volume from a workshop, gives a very useful update of the As problems, especially in Bangladesh and West Bengal, but also in other regions around the globe. Several new interesting case studies are presented and updated and also biogeochemical matters are discussed. Remediation is also discussed. The list of contributors is impressive (more than 100 contributors) which also shows the worldwide interest in this topic.
The book is recommended for all those working on As and fulfills a real need on the status of As research now."
Geological Survey of Sweden
In: Applied Geochemistry 21 (2006) 724–725
Section 1: Arsenic occurrence and genesis in sedimentary and hard-rock aquifers
Section 2: Environmental health assessment-arsenic in the food chain
Section 3: Arsenic biogeochemistry in groundwater
Section 4: Remediation of arsenic-rich groundwaters
Section 5: Management of arsenic-rich groundwaters