The Taiwan Crisis: a showcase of the global arsenic problem

The Taiwan Crisis: a showcase of the global arsenic problem

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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. This book is a state-of-the-art overview of research on arsenic in Taiwan and is designed to: create interest in regions within Taiwan that are affected by the presence of arseniferous aquifers; draw attention from the international scientific community; increase awareness among researchers, administrators, policy makers, and company executives; improve the international cooperation on arsenic problems worldwide.2001). For As(III), evidence for the formation of bidentate binuclear complexes was also found (Manning et al. 1998, Arai et al. ... The retention capacity for As(III) is lower and less pH-dependent compared to those of As(V), with maxima at pHanbsp;...

Title:The Taiwan Crisis: a showcase of the global arsenic problem
Author:Jiin-Shuh Jean, Jochen Bundschuh, Chien-Jen Chen, How-Ran Guo, Chen-Wuing Liu, Tsair-Fuh Lin, Yen-Hua Chen
Publisher:CRC Press - 2010-05-28


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