Arsenic in groundwater: A world problem

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In April this year, the Netherlands National Committee of IAH released their latest publication (No.5) “Arsenic in Groundwater: A World Problem”. During the past two decades it has become apparent that arsenic poisoning from groundwater has become a worldwide problem. Some of the best-documented and most severe cases of arsenic contaminated groundwater have been found in aquifers in Asia (e.g. parts of Bangladesh, China, India and Nepal) and South America (e.g. Argentina and Mexico).

Internationally recognised institutes and universities including the British Geological Survey, the Karolinska Institute and the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, various UN organisations have been involved in arsenic research. Their contributions to this publication deal with the occurrence and causes of arsenic contamination and its effects on health and food production, giving a clear and broad insight into the state-of-the-art knowledge of all aspects of arsenic in groundwater.

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