Onsite Testing for Arsenic: Field Test Kits

  • Jörg Feldmann
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 197)

I Introduction

Arsenic, a widely distributed element, is toxic and carcinogenic. It occurs naturally at readily detectable concentrations in soils and sediments and can contaminate freshwater and biota. Additionally, anthropogenic influences from mining, leather and glass production, and the use of pesticides, including wood preservatives, can contribute to environmental contamination by arsenic.

Arsenic derives from various sources, has a highly diverse distribution pattern, and has a rather complex environmental behavior resulting from its tendency to transform into different species, each of which has different mobility and toxicity. The variable distribution of arsenic creates challenges when arranging sampling programs adequate to establish an accurate picture of the true status of arsenic as an environmental contaminant. Even when reliable sampling is achieved, success still depends on accomplishing rapid onsite sample analysis at an acceptable cost. In recent years, the main...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.J. Feldmann Department of ChemistryUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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