Iodine in waters; possible links with endemic goitre

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doi: 10.1016/0883-2927(89)90051-6
Authors:Fuge, Ronald
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Univ. Coll. Wales, Cent. Appl. Geochem., Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
Volume Title:Applied Geochemistry
Source:Applied Geochemistry, 4(2), p.203-208. Publisher: Pergamon, Oxford-New York-Beijing, International. ISSN: 0883-2927
Publication Date:1989
Note:In English. 39 refs.; illus. incl. 4 tables
Summary:Iodine analyses of surface waters from various areas of the U.K. (0.40-15.6 mu g/litre I) and North America (0.47-13.3 mu g/l) reveal considerable regional differences. Some variation is due to contaminant I deriving from urban, industrial and agricultural sources and drainage from abandoned metalliferous mines. However, it is significant that the geology of the areas with higher I levels is dominated by limestone bedrocks. The I content of domestic supplies reflect their source, sub-surface waters containing appreciably more than those from surface sources; in addition, I in waters for domestic use is reduced during purification treatment. Whereas the I content of surface waters can give a general indication of the I status of the local environment, the highest levels were recorded for Missouri chi bar = 8.03 mu g/l) and northern England chi bar - 3.71), areas where endemic goitre was prevalent and soil I is generally low. [Author's abstract] [J.M.H.]
Subjects:Carbonate rocks; Geochemistry; Halogens; Human ecology; Iodine; Limestone; Medical geology; Sedimentary rocks; Surface water; Water; Europe; Missouri; United Kingdom; United States; Western Europe
Abstract Numbers:89M/4313
Record ID:1989058619
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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