Arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh: reports

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Phase 1 reports

The final report on the Rapid Investigation Phase is divided into a Main Report and five Supplementary Volumes as follows:

S1: Review of existing data
S2: Regional arsenic survey
S3: Modelling studies
S4: Hydrogeochemistry of the special study areas
S5: Arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh (NGO volume).

Phase 2 Volume 1: Summary

Volume 1: Summary (3.69 MB pdf)

Phase 2 Volume 2: Final Report

Volume 2: Final Report - complete (53.7 MB pdf)

Cover, preliminary pages (513 MB pdf)

Executive Summary (61 KB pdf)

Chapter 1: Introduction (75 KB pdf)

Chapter 2: Arsenic in groundwaters across the world (393 KB pdf)

Chapter 3: Geology and sedimentology (513 MB pdf)

Chapter 4: Hydrogeology (2 MB pdf)

Chapter 5: Groundwater flow modelling (412 kB pdf)

Chapter 6: The National Hydrochemical Survey(8.1 MB pdf)

Chapter 7: Hydrogeochemistry of three Special Study Areas (8.5 MB pdf)

Chapter 8: A village survey: Mandari, Lakshmipur District (2 MB pdf)

Chapter 9: Scales of variation (5 MB pdf)

Chapter 10: Changes with time: groundwater monitoring (400 KB pdf)

Chapter 11: Mineralogy and sediment chemistry (4 MB pdf)

Chapter 12: Sorption and transport (800 KB pdf)

Chapter 13: Conclusions and recommendations (500 KB pdf)

References (212 kB)

Phase 2 Volume 3: Hydrochemical atlas

Volume 3: Hydrochemical atlas - complete (45 MB pdf)

Cover, preliminary pages (400 KB pdf)

1. The National Hydrochemical Survey

Samples, Geology, Age of well, Well depth (3 MB pdf)

Arsenic (400 KB pdf)

Barium, Boron, Calcium, Hardness (4 MB pdf)

Iron, Magnesium, Manganese (2.5 MB pdf)

Phosphorus, Potassium, Silicon, Sodium, Strontium (2 MB pdf)

Sulphate, Arsenic and iron, Arsenic and manganese, Iron and manganese, Magnesium and calcium, Sodium and Potassium, Reference (2 MB pdf)

2. The BWDB Water Quality Monitoring Network

Introduction, Site details, Water quality parameters (6.2 MB pdf)

3. Special Study Areas

Introduction, Location of Special Study Areas, Sample IDs, Geology, Depth of wells, Alkalinity, Ammonium, Arsenic (total), Arsenic (As(III)), Barium, Boron, Bromide, Calcium, Chloride (4.7 MB pdf)

Dissolved organic carbon, Dissolved oxygen, Fluoride, Iodide, Iron, Lead, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Nitrate, pH, Phosphorus (5.5 MB pdf)

Potassium, Redox potential, Rubidium, Silicon, Sodium, Specific electrical conductance, Strontium, Sulphate, Uranium, Zinc, Carbon 13, Hydrogen (2H/1H), Oxygen (18O/16O) (5.5 MB pdf)

4. A village survey: Mandari, Lakshmirpur

Sample points, Depth of well, Aluminium, Arsenic, Arsenic (close-up), Boron, Barium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Silicon, Sodium, Strontium, Sulphate (3.5 MB pdf)

These maps are also available as individual files.

Phase 2 Volume 4: Data compilation

Volume 4: Data compilation - complete (2.2 MB pdf)

The same data are available in CSV format, which can be imported by most spreadsheet, plotting, GIS and word processing packages.


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