Arsenic Contamination in Bengal Basin Groundwater - Source, Migration & Mitigation: An Appraisal

Tuesday, October 12 at 4:00pm, Sokol Seminar Room, Science Hall

Forum on International Issues
Tuesday October 12, 2010 at 4:00pm
Sokol Seminar Room, Science Hall


Debdas Ray

Pollution of arsenic in groundwater is a vital concern. Arsenic contaminated groundwater has been found in parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Long term exposure to arsenic has been associated with skin and lung cancer and causes other non-cancerous illnesses. This talk will focus on source migration and mitigation of arsenic contamination,
particularly in the Bengal Basin.

Dr. Ray received his Masters degree in Applied Geology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India and subsequently his Ph.D. degree from the University of Calcutta, India. He has been teaching Geology at the undergraduate level for the last 32 years and Environmental Management at the graduate level for the last seven years. Dr. Ray is currently a Visiting Scholar at Montclair State University through the Fulbright-Nehru Leadership Program in Environmental Management, doing research on coal mine reclamation with Prof. Dibyendu Sarkar of the Earth and Environmental Studies Department.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or to ensure sufficient space.