The Taiwan crisis: a showcase of the global arsenic problem

Jean, Jiin-Shuh and Bundschuh, Jochen and Chen, Chien-Jen and Guo, How-Ran and Liu, Chen-Wuing and Lin, Tsair-Fuh and Chen, Yen-Hua (2010) The Taiwan crisis: a showcase of the global arsenic problem. Arsenic in the Environment (3). Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), London, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-0-415-58510-1

Abstract

In the 1950s, the residents of the southwestern coastal areas of Taiwan suffered greatly from Blackfoot disease (BFD) due to the consumption of arsenic-contaminated groundwater. Groundwater with high levels of arsenic in southwestern and northeastern Taiwan received much attention. After arsenic-safe tap water was utilized for drinking instead of groundwater in the 1970s, BFD cases decreased greatly. After 1990, no new BFD cases were reported, and as a consequence, BFD problems disregarded. However, arsenic is still present in the groundwater.
This book will improve the knowledge and understanding of the occurrence and genesis of arsenic-rich groundwaters in Taiwan. It deals with constraints on the mobility of arsenic in groundwater, its uptake from soil and water by plants, arsenic-propagation through the food chain, human health impacts, and arsenic-removal technologies. Taiwan case experiences are described in this book and can be applied worldwide.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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: 15 Oct 2014 04:35
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2016 03:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: groundwater; arsenic; taiwan; environmental toxicology
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
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090799 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960604 Environmental Management Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26206

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