Arsenic occurrence in groundwater in South and East Asia

Smedley, Pauline. 2005 Arsenic occurrence in groundwater in South and East Asia. In: Kemper, K, (ed.) Towards a More Effective Operational Response. Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in South and East Asian Countries. New Delhi, India, World Bank, 20-97.

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The detrimental health effects of environmental exposure to arsenic have become increasingly clear in the last few years. Drinking water constitutes one of the principal pathways of environmental arsenic exposure in humans and high concentrations found in groundwater from a number of aquifers across the world have been found responsible for health problems ranging from skin disorders to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Food represents a further potential exposure pathway to arsenic, particularly where crops are irrigated with high-arsenic groundwater or where food is cooked in high-arsenic water. However, the relative impact on human health is as yet unquantified and in need of further study.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Groundwater Science
Additional Keywords: GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, Groundwater quality, Groundwater protection, International development
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Date made live: 11 Feb 2013 14:11 +0 (UTC)

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