The Taiwan Crisis: a showcase of the global arsenic problem

1st Edition

Jiin-Shuh Jean, Jochen Bundschuh, Chien-Jen Chen, How-Ran Guo, Chen-Wuing Liu, Tsair-Fuh Lin, Yen-Hua Chen

CRC Press
Published May 28, 2010
Reference - 234 Pages
ISBN 9780415585101 - CAT# K11830
Series: Arsenic in the environment

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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.


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