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Arsenic, microbes and contaminated aquifers

February 1, 2005

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.

Publication Year 2005
Title Arsenic, microbes and contaminated aquifers
DOI 10.1016/j.tim.2004.12.002
Authors Ronald S. Oremland, John F. Stolz
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Trends in Microbiology
Index ID 70184407
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Toxic Substances Hydrology Program