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Environmental Health Resources
Culture & Cycles: Arsenic and Human Health

This page contains electronic materials published by various institutions, which can be used as teaching resources. Some of the resources are general and some others specific to subjects presented in each PULSE unit.

For Teachers & Students

Diagram of the Water Cycle beginning from the Surface Flow to Evaporation to Atmospheric Movement to Percipitation to Infiltration back down to Surface Flow.
Arsenic is a semi-metal element in the periodic table. It is odorless and tasteless. It enters drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth or from agricultural and industrial practices.

EPA has set the arsenic standard for drinking water at .010 parts per million (10 parts per billion) to protect consumers served by public water systems from the effects of long-term, chronic exposure to arsenic. Water systems must comply with this standard by January 23, 2006, providing additional protection to an estimated 13 million Americans.
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Arsenic In Drinking Water
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Drinking Water in Schools & Child Care Facilities

Lesson Plans for Teachers K-12
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Mean Total Arsenic Concentrations in Chicken 1989-2000 & Estimated Exposures for Consumers of Chicken

A collection of articles on Arsenic appears in the Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) journal. The EHP site has FREE downloadable lessons and corresponding news articles for grades 9-12. Lessons are aligned with National Science Education Standards.

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Arizona Geological Survey
Arsenic in Ground Water, Arizona Geology, Fall 2000. (Published by Arizona Geological Survey)
How Bacteria Appear to Affect Arsenic Concentrations in Groudwater American Society For Microbiology, June 14, 2005 (Published by Science Dialy)
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Scientific Facts on Arsenic This is a very good source for the basics and details about arsenic. Easy to ready and well organized information. En Español | French.
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Learn more about common contaminants, Water Quality/Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR), or any of the other drinking water subjects
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Public Health Statement for Arsenic This Public Health Statement is the summary chapter from the Toxicological Profile for arsenic. It is one in a series of Public Health Statements about hazardous substances and their health effects. En Español
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Navy Environmental Health Center
"What is Arsenic?" () a brief description about the metal by the Navy Environmental Health Center, Environmental Programs. Jan. 2003

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This water quality and arsenic health topic provides good information on arsenic in drinking water and food consumption. Small Knife and Fork Graphic
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National Library of Medicine Tox Town
National Library of Medicine Tox Town
NLM Tox Town has excellent resources for teachers needing activities and lesson plan ideas on environmental health sciences. There are fully illustrated interactive webites allowing elementary-age students to have fun while learning. En Español

Resources for Science Teachers of High School & College Students
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Arsenic in Drinking Water (World Health Organization) Arsenic may be found in water which has flowed through arsenic-rich rocks. Severe health effects have been observed in populations drinking arsenic-rich water over long periods in countries world-wide.
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