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CONFERENCE ON GROUNDWATER POLLUTION FROM NATURAL SOURCES OF ARSENIC AND FLUORIDE

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    FIRST CIRCULAR CONFERENCE ON GROUNDWATER POLLUTION FROM NATURAL SOURCES OF ARSENIC AND FLUORIDE - A QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT, HEALTH HAZARD AND REMEDIAL
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      FIRST CIRCULAR

      CONFERENCE ON
      GROUNDWATER POLLUTION FROM NATURAL SOURCES OF ARSENIC
      AND FLUORIDE - A QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT, HEALTH
      HAZARD AND REMEDIAL MEASURES

      23-24 DECEMBER, 2004, PATNA

      Organised by
      Institute of Geoexploration & Environment

      Head Office
      7 HF-6-20, HIG Flat, Bahadurpur Housing Colony,
      Lohinagar,
      Patna - 800 020 , India
      Tele #: +91-612-2368327,
      Fax # +91-612-2341853
      CALL OF PAPER & REGISTRATION

      THEME
      Two major problems in rural and urban water supply are
      being faced in the country due to the presence of
      excess fluoride and arsenic in groundwater in
      different parts of country.

      Arsenic occurs naturally in sedimentary and hard rock
      aquifers, which are in many developing countries like
      India used as source of drinking water. Natural
      arsenic is also found in thermal and mineral waters,
      which reach the earth's surface either by natural
      discharge in springs or by geothermal exploitation,
      which may affect the environment if not treated or not
      reinjected. In different countries in Asia such as
      eastern India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Nepal,
      Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, the scenario
      of arsenic toxicity is alarming with reports of severe
      health problems among the populations. Arsenic
      occurrences in groundwater in Gangetic plain of West
      Bengal and Bihar, India and Bangladesh is one of the
      largest environmental health disaster of the present
      century. At least 50 million people is at risk of
      cancer and other arsenic related diseases due to the
      consumption of high arsenic groundwater. Elevated
      levels of arsenic in groundwater due to natural
      sources, is therefore an issue of primary
      environmental concern, and hinders the economic and
      social development. Hence there is need to improve our
      understanding on the genesis of high arsenic
      groundwaters from the various aquifers in order to
      develop strategies of to improve the socio-economic
      status of the affected regions.

      Similarly, fluoride problems are wide spread in nine
      States covering the peninsular India. Nearly 66
      million people face the risk of high concentration of
      fluoride occurring naturally in groundwater of which
      an estimated 6 million are children. Excess fluoride
      intake cause fluorosis - a serious bone disease -
      among affected population.
      Contributions concerning the occurrence of arsenic and
      fluoride in groundwater, their mobility,
      water-sediment interactions, geochemistry in
      sedimentary and hard rock aquifers and other natural
      environmental systems, assessment of impact on human
      health and economy; and remedial measures. This
      conference is intended to serve as platform for
      exchange of scientific ideas and to identify future
      research in understanding high arsenic and fluoride in
      groundwaters and their impacts. The conference is
      designed to: i) delineate arsenic and fluoride-bearing
      aquifers within the country; ii) upgrade the latest
      scientific development and iii) bring mass awareness
      among administrators, policy makers and corporate
      bodies on the problem, and to improve the life of
      people through international cooperation.

      THE ORGANISER

      Institute of Geoexploration & Environment (IGE), a
      registered body under society act, offers technical
      programs and training facilities to problems of
      national significance. IGE is a premier organization
      in earth and environmental science in eastern India,
      dedicated to the advancement of multi-disciplined
      water resources management, prospecting of natural
      resources and environmental impact assessment.

      CALL FOR PAPERS

      The conference would include both oral and poster
      presentations. Participants intending to present a
      paper are requested to send an abstract within 500
      words. The abstract should contain information on
      title, author(s), affiliation, and a summary of work
      giving methodology, results and major findings. Postal
      and e-mail addresses and fax numbers of the
      corresponding author should also be mentioned. Authors
      should submit the full paper on acceptance. Accepted
      papers will be printed in the proceedings of the
      conference. The full text (double spacing) should not
      exceed 3600 words inclusive of Tables and Figures.
      Original works will be given preference. Two copies of
      the abstract in MS Word format be sent by post or
      e-mail (groundwater@...) to the organizer.
      Abstracts received after July 31st deadline may not be
      accepted. Results of the reviews will be communicated
      by August 15th 2004.

      VENUE
      The venue of the Conference will be the Auditorium of
      Indira Gandhi Science Complex - Planetarium,
      Adalatganj, Patna - 800001.

      EXHIBITION FACILITY
      Space for exhibition will be available for
      organizations and firms to exhibit products, books,
      hardware, software and other materials related to the
      conference theme. Details of these facilities
      available upon request on payment basis. Interested
      parties may contact the IGE, Head Office at Patna

      Dr. R. N. Singh
      Secretary,
      Institute of Geoexploration & Environment,
      7 HF-6-20, HIG Flat,
      Bahadurpur Housing Colony, Lohinagar,
      Patna - 800020, India
      Tele #: 0612-2368327, Fax # 0612-2341853
      DEADLINES
      Abstracts : 31st July, 2004
      Acceptance : 15th August, 2004
      Full Text : 30th October, 2004

      REGISTRATION
      Student : Rs 500
      Individuals : Rs. 1000
      Institution & Organisation : Rs. 2000/-
      Delegates from other
      Countries : USD 200

      SOUVENIR
      Efforts will be made to publish a souvenir, interested
      parties are requested to contact for rates from

      Mr. D. Saha
      Co-convenor
      Central Ground Water Baord
      Lok Nayak Bhawan
      Patna - 800001
      Tele # +91-612 - 2231785, 2220206
      Fax # +91-612-2220206
      E-mail: dsaha001@...

      CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
      For all communication relating to participation,
      submission of Article, Sponsorship and other
      information

      Dr. Ashok Kumar
      Co-convener
      Remote Sensing Application Centre
      IGSC- Planetarium Complex
      Patna - 800 001, India
      Tele #: +91-612-2235264
      Fax #: +91-612-2230432
      Email: groundwater@...


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      Dr Ashok Kumar
      Scientist, ERD
      Remote Sensing Application Centre,
      IGSC-Planetarium, Patna - 800 001, India
      Tele +91-612-2235264(O)/ 2689001(R)/ +91-94310-36588 (mobile)
      http://www.geocities.com/ashok_bcst

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