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BUET – MIT Research Work Published in NATURE GEOSCIENCE

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Results of the collaborative research work conducted by the Department of Civil Engineering, BUET, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Tufts University of USA on the Arsenic pollution of groundwater of Bangladesh has achieved a significant breakthrough in identifying one of the sources of organic carbon that causes release of arsenic in the groundwater of Bangladesh.

Chemical and isotopic indicators as well as groundwater simulations suggest that recharge from ponds carries the degradable organic carbon into the shallow aquifer, and that groundwater flow, drawn by irrigation pumping, transports pond water to the depth where dissolved arsenic concentrations are greatest. The field site of the above research activity is located at Sree Nagar, Munshigonj.

Dr. A. B. M. Badruzzaman and Dr. M. Ashraf Ali of the Department of Civil Engineering, BUET are co-authors of this paper, the internet version of which has been published in NATURE GEOSCIENCE on 15 November, 2009 (http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ngeo685.html). Dr. A. B. M. Badruzzaman is the Co-Principal Investigator of this research project with Dr. Charles F. Harvey of MIT.

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