Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Chansheng He
Dr. Benjamin Ofori-Amoah
Dr. Kathleen Baker
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The aim of the study is to describe the fluoride concentration of water samples primarily from sources used for household needs in selected villages of Eritrea, with emphasis on the most severely affected parts of the country. Water sample quality data were collected from The Water Resource Department of Eritrea and water quality reports indicated that high levels of fluoride content were found for some villages' groundwater sources. The highest concentration was found in Aquar, 7.7 mg/L; Northern Red Sea region, above the 1.5 mg/L Maximum concentration recommended by The World Health Organization.
Waters with high fluoride concentrations occur in extensive geographical belts associated with a) sediments of marine origin in mountainous areas, b) volcanic rocks, and c) granitic and gneissic rocks. Geological basis for high concentrations of high fluoride in Eritrea are presumed to be the pegmatite intrusion hosted by granitic batholiths and water interaction with volcanic rocks. Significant positive correlations were also observed between dental caries prevalence rate and high fluoride distribution in the study area.
Fisseha, "Distribution of Fluoride in Groundwater in Selected Villages in Northern Red Sea and Anseba Regions of Eritrea" (2008). Master's Theses. 4735.