Arsenic, microbes and contaminated aquifers

Trends in Microbiology
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Abstract

The health of tens of millions of people world-wide is at risk from drinking arsenic-contaminated well water. In most cases this arsenic occurs naturally within the sub-surface aquifers, rather than being derived from identifiable point sources of pollution. The mobilization of arsenic into the aqueous phase is the first crucial step in a process that eventually leads to human arsenicosis. Increasing evidence suggests that this is a microbiological phenomenon.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Arsenic, microbes and contaminated aquifers
Series title Trends in Microbiology
DOI 10.1016/j.tim.2004.12.002
Volume 13
Issue 2
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 5 p.
First page 45
Last page 49