Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 395

Full Length Research Paper

Arsenic and fluoride in water in northwestern Buenos Aires: their association with natural landscape elements

Margarita María Alconada-Magliano*
  • Margarita María Alconada-Magliano*
  • Edafología, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias y Forestales, UNLP, Calle 60 and 119 s/N0 (1900) La Plata, Argentina.
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Francisco Damiano
  • Francisco Damiano
  • Instituto de Clima y Agua, INTA-Castelar, Argentina.
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Jose Joel Carrillo-Rivera
  • Jose Joel Carrillo-Rivera
  • Instituto de Geografía, UNAM, México.
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Juan Reynerio Fagundo-Castillo
  • Juan Reynerio Fagundo-Castillo
  • Centro Nacional de Medicina Natural y Tradicional, La Habana, Cuba.
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  •  Received: 31 October 2016
  •  Accepted: 10 January 2017
  •  Published: 28 February 2017


Numerous publications analyze the origin of Arsenic and Fluoride, their behavior and distribution in groundwater indicating the importance in understanding the relation between their occurrence with other physical and chemical properties. Here, such properties associated with elements of the landscape in the plain of the Chaco-Pampean region are discussed. The landscape is represented by hills, lagoons and plains used for agricultural purposes. Water was sampled in mills, piezometers and lagoons following sections with different topographic elevation, soil type and vegetation in nine field campaigns from 2011 to 2013. Results in Lincoln are compared to localities in Trenque Lauquen, Pehuajó and Carlos Casares. Hydro geochemical modeling assisted to define composition and origin of the water from local mineralogy in soil and subsoil. Three major water groups were defined HCO3-Na, HCO3>Cl-Na and HCO3>Cl>SO4-Na. Piezometers were located at the top and base of hills with the presence of Acuic Hapludolls – Natric thapto Hapludolls, and Typic Natraqualfs with halophytic vegetation, respectively. Arsenic and Fluoride presence was not fully explained by groundwater chemistry type and association with HCO3-, Na+, salinity and pH, although generally were linked to alkaline soil and halophyte vegetation. High Arsenic and Fluoride presence in groundwater are explained by discharge flows travelling long distances through a thick sedimentary sequence; relative low concentration is refereed to local travelling flows recharged in nearby high terrain. Groundwater origin and its relations with other elements of the landscape permitted an understanding of groundwater functioning and to anticipate a general situation with respect Arsenic and Fluoride contents. In the present study this criterion is applied to analyze the relation of the occurrence of Arsenic (as total Arsenic, TAs) and Fluoride (F-) content in water of the Lincoln region in the Buenos Aires province of Argentina.

Key words: Arsenic, fluoride, discharge and recharge zone, groundwater flow system, soil, natural vegetation.