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.Nicolli, H.B., Tineo, A., GarcAsa, J.W., FalcA³n, C.M. and Merino, M.H.: Trace- element quality problems in groundwater from TucumAin, Argentina. In: R. Cidu ( Ed.), Water-Rock Interaction 2. Balkema, Lisse, The Netherlands, 2001, pp. 993a€“ 966.

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 - 2011-03-03


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