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

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

Handbook of Advanced Industrial and Hazardous Wastes Management

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466513419
eBook ISBN: 9781315117423
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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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