Tuesday, March 17, 2015

So many different types of pollution

One of the most interesting aspects of environmental pollution, especially when it comes to soils, is the fact that there is no single category of it. Soil contamination comes in many forms: chemical pollution, heavy metal pollution, groundwater pollution (seeping into soil), human/animal waste (potentially dangerous in concentrated amounts) etc.

For this post, I have compiled a list of different types of toxic pollution and the long term effects of those pollutions. Here are the following major ways in which pollution can make its way into soils:
  • Seepage from a landfill
  • Discharge of industrial waste into the soil
  • Percolation of contaminated water into the soil
  • Rupture of underground storage tanks
  • Excess application of pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer
  • Solid waste seepage
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons
  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents

The most important thing to note while reviewing this list, is that ALL OF THESE things are preventable and by not preventing them, we allow ourselves to become victims of the lethal and longterm consequences, which is something that should be taken very seriously by all those looking to make a difference in soil conservation.

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