How does it act in this environment?
For all living beings, arsenic is a serious and immediate concern because of its poisoning effects through vegetables, fruits, and crops. Poisoning caused by arsenic in the groundwater is frequently found in our Earth, but the consequences of soil contamination are still quite unknown to many people
What does it do to the human body?
Symptoms may include vomiting, abdominal pain, encephalopathy, and watery diarrhea that contains blood. Long-term exposure can result in thickening of the skin, darker skin, abdominal pain, diarrhea, heart disease, numbness, and cancer.
It could play a role in the development of diabetes, cancer, vascular disease and lung disease. The Food and Drug Administration says that long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic is associated with higher rates of skin cancer, bladder cancer and lung cancer, as well as heart disease.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Published by Clarissa Cowley
Claire is a Master of Science in Professional Media and Media Management graduate student with a specialization in multimedia journalism. She currently teaches web publishing, media arts performance and introduction to media production. She is a student managing editor of the GJR weekly digital newsletter reaching over 2,000 online subscribers. She is conducting research on an environmental and racial justice issue in Carbondale, IL for her thesis project.
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