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New risk model highlights arsenic risk in China's groundwater
Date:8/24/2013

the process. This model is currently being implemented in China to determine the spread of groundwater contamination by arsenic.

"Arsenic poisoning due to the use of contaminated drinking water is a major health problem in many parts of the world," explained Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Lado, a researcher on the model design team.

Cases of chronic arsenic poisoning are particularly well-known in Southeast Asian countries like Bangladesh. And since the 1990s, reports continue to reveal new regions of the globe, including Central Europe, South America, Mongolia and some parts of the United States, in which groundwater is also contaminated with this chemical.

In China, the focus of efforts by Rodriguez-Lado and his team, arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater was first diagnosed in the late 1970s. This happened in a part of China that is very arid, and where the population is extremely dependent on deep groundwater aquifers (bodies of rock that contain water) for the water they drink. In these aquifers, sedimentary deposits from volcanic rocks and other sources can contain naturally occurring arsenic in a readily available form that is dangerous for consumption.


Contact: Natasha Pinol
npinol@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Source:Eurekalert

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