Arsenic in the Environment Source, Characteristics, and Technologies for Pollution Elimination

Authored by: Yu-Ming Zheng , Jiaping Paul Chen , Liu Qing

Remediation of Heavy Metals in the Environment

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466510012
eBook ISBN: 9781315374536
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315374536-9

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Abstract

Arsenic, a widely distributed metalloid element, ranks the 20th in abundance in the Earth’s crust, the 14th in the seawater, and the 12th in the human body (Mandal and Suzuki, 2002). Due to its carcinogenesis and mutagenesis, arsenic is a notorious contaminant, which poses serious health risks to humans and animals. Health effects including cancers of the skin and internal organs have been linked to chronic exposure to arsenic in drinking water (Azcue and Nriagu, 1994; Frankenberger, 2002).

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