Safe and Sustainable Use of Arsenic-Contaminated Aquifers in the Gangetic Plain

A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • AL Ramanathan
  • Scott Johnston
  • Abhijit Mukherjee
  • Bibhash Nath

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Role of Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology in Arsenic Distribution

  3. Groundwater Arsenic Characterisations and Risk Assessments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Chandan Mahanta, Runti Choudhury, Somnath Basu, Rushabh Hemani, Abhijit Dutta, Partha Pratim Barua et al.
      Pages 57-64
    3. Nilotpal Das, Latu Khanikar, Rajesh Shah, Aparna Das, Ritusmita Goswami, Manish Kumar et al.
      Pages 65-80
    4. Abhik Gupta, Dibyajyoti Bhattacharjee, Pronob Borah, Tushar Debkanungo, Chandan Paulchoudhury
      Pages 81-96
    5. Hariom Kumar, Rajesh Kumar Ranjan, Shailesh Yadav, Alok Kumar, AL. Ramanathan
      Pages 97-107
  4. Arsenic Hydrogeochemistry and Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Manoj Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, Alok Kumar, Virendra Bahadur Singh, Senthil Kumar, AL. Ramanathan et al.
      Pages 111-123
    3. Santanu Majumder, Ashis Biswas, Harald Neidhardt, Simita Sarkar, Zsolt Berner, Subhamoy Bhowmick et al.
      Pages 161-177
    4. S. Chidambaram, R. Thilagavathi, C. Thivya, M. V. Prasanna, N. Ganesh, U. Karmegam
      Pages 197-212
  5. Arsenic in Food Chain, Health and Its Remediation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Mohammad Mahmudur Rahman, Khitish Chandra Saha, Subhas Chandra Mukherjee, Shyamapada Pati, Rathindra Nath Dutta, Shibtosh Roy et al.
      Pages 215-253
    3. Shreemoyee Bordoloi, Sweety Gogoi, Robin K. Dutta
      Pages 289-298
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 299-302

About this book


This book offers a meaningful and practicable guide to better management of arsenic problems in the groundwater of the Gangetic Plain. It gathers contributions from distinguished researchers who have been actively working in the area for over a decade. The arsenic contamination of groundwater is a growing concern in the central Gangetic Plain, where the local population’s main sources of fresh water are surface water, groundwater and rain water; of these sources, only the last two generally meet the most important criteria for drinking water in their natural state. Natural geological changes are presumed to be the primary reason for arsenic contamination in this region. Further, most of the people living in this area have developed the habit of drinking water (groundwater) from the arsenic-contaminated tubewells in many parts of the region. As a result, many are suffering from arsenicosis and many more are at risk. Since the cause of arsenic contamination in groundwater still remains unclear, this book seeks to address the arsenic issue in this region by pursuing a holistic and systematic scientific approach. Accordingly, it delineates various sources, processes, hypotheses and remedial approaches that are needed to manage the arsenic contamination in the Central Gangetic Plain.


Aquifers and Arsenic Arsenic in Ground Water and Public Health Contaminated Ground Water and Arsenic Geochemical Mobility and Arsenic Vulnerability and Assessment of Contaminated Groundwater

Editors and affiliations

  • AL Ramanathan
    • 1
  • Scott Johnston
    • 2
  • Abhijit Mukherjee
    • 3
  • Bibhash Nath
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Environmental SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Southern Cross GeoScienceSouthern Cross UniversityEast LismoreAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Geology and GeophysicsIndian Institute of TechnologyKharagpurIndia
  4. 4.School of GeosciencesThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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