Arsenic Pollution: A Global Synthesis

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Arsenic Pollution summarizes the most current research onthe distribution and causes of arsenic pollution, its impact onhealth and agriculture, and solutions by way of water supply,treatment, and water resource management.

  • Provides the first global and interdisciplinary account ofarsenic pollution occurrences
  • Integrates geochemistry, hydrology, agriculture, and watersupply and treatment for the first time
  • Options are highlighted for developing alternative watersources and methods for arsenic testing and removal
  • Appeals to specialists in one discipline seeking an overview ofthe work being done in other disciplines

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Arsenic Pollution compiles and summarises the mostup-to-date research on the distribution and causes of arsenicpollution in nature, its impact on health and agriculture, and theencouraging research that offers hope in mitigating this unfoldinghealth crisis. Seamlessly integrating geochemistry, hydrology andagriculture, it offers the first truly global and interdisciplinaryaccount of arsenic pollution. The book provides information on thegeographical distribution of arsenic contamination of groundwaterand surface water, the geochemical causes of high arsenicconcentrations in aquifers and the health implications of prolongedarsenic ingestion. Finally, options are highlighted for developingalternative water sources and methods for arsenic testing andremoval.

Comprehensive and illuminating, this book offers informed andchallenging insight into an emerging environmental problem withuntold human consequences.

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Peter Ravenscroft is a Research Associate at the Universityof Cambridge and a hydrogeologist with extensive internationalexperience in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. He spent morethan 10 years working in Bangladesh, where his involvement inresearch into the extent and causes of arsenic pollution in thatcountry became the basis for this book. He co-authored the firstbook on groundwater resources in Bangladesh.

Hugh Brammer spent 22 years with FAO in EastPakistan/Bangladesh, first as a soil surveyor then as anagricultural development adviser. Following retirement, he was avisiting consultant for a further seven years, inter aliafor the Bangladesh Flood Action Plan, and wrote seven books onBangladesh's physical environment and agriculture.

Keith Richards is a fluvial geomorphologist and Professorof Geography at the University of Cambridge. He has researchinterests and experience in catchment and river processes and theirmanagement in Europe, Central America, India, Africa and China, andhas been Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and a VicePresident (Research) of the RGS-IBG. He has authored and editedseveral books, and published over 150 academic papers.

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