Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 297–302 | Cite as

Analytical survey of arsenic in geothermal waters from sites in Kyushu, Japan, and a method for removing arsenic using magnetite

  • Kazuharu Yoshizuka
  • Syouhei Nishihama
  • Hideki Sato
Original Paper


The objective of this study was to survey the cation and anion contents of geothermal waters to gather fundamental information on geographical variations. Sixteen sites in hot spring areas on the island of Kyushu in Japan were studied. The study focused on the arsenic content of the samples. Very high arsenic concentrations (more than 0.1 mg/l) were detected in most of the geothermal waters sampled. High contents of boron and fluoride (more than 1.0 mg/l) were also detected in some samples. Arsenic removal was performed on a laboratory scale using columns packed with a magnetite-type adsorbent. The reduction of arsenic contamination to a concentration of less than 0.01 mg/l could be achieved in the early stages of adsorption (bed volume = 200).


Analytical survey Arsenic removal Geothermal water Kyushu Magnetite 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuharu Yoshizuka
    • 1
  • Syouhei Nishihama
    • 1
  • Hideki Sato
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringThe University of KitakyushuKitakyushuJapan

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