Occurrences of arsenic and fluoride in groundwater: a global overview

Mukherjee, A. B. and Bhattacharya, P. and Jacks, G. and Bundschuh, J. (2010) Occurrences of arsenic and fluoride in groundwater: a global overview. In: 3rd International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (AS 2010): Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases , 17-21 May 2010, Tainan, Taiwan.


A large number of studies on arsenic (As) and fluoride (F) in groundwater have been carried out over the last decades and elevated concentration of these elements have been identified especially in South East Asian countries and Inner Mongolia, Northern China, and Latin American countries. We have taken literature based investigations on quality of groundwater with special reference to the occurrences of As and F in groundwater. There is a common notion that there is plenty of water resources on our planet, that would be considered to be an infinite source to be sufficient for the future. The volume of groundwater has been roughly estimated between 7 to 330 million m3, and its residence time at depth of 120m varies between 2 weeks to more than 10,000 years, wheras oceans and sea waters at depth of 2,500m about 4000 years (cited by Bhattacharya & Mukherjee, 2002). As per the World Health Organization (WHO), 22% of the world population do not get clean drinking water.

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2014 04:51
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 03:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: arsenic; fluoride; groundwater; global
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040603 Hydrogeology
03 Chemical Sciences > 0399 Other Chemical Sciences > 039901 Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961199 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26163

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