Land Pollution

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Pamantasan ng Cabuyao College of Business Administration and Accountancy






Land Pollution

Land pollution is basically about contaminating the land surface of the earth through dumping urban waste matter indiscriminately, dumping of industrial waste, mineral exploitation, and misusing the soil by harmful agricultural practices. Pollution includes visible litter and waste along with the soil itself being polluted. The soil gets polluted by the chemicals in pesticides and herbicides used for agricultural purposes along with waste matter being littered in urban areas such as roads, parks, and streets.

Land pollution is the result of human misuse of
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We often ignore the fact that land constitutes soil, which is one of the most important natural resources. While discussing the causes and effects of pollution, we speak of water and air pollution and rarely even think of the adverse effects of land pollution.

Land Pollutants Comprise: Solid Waste and Soil Pollution

Solid Waste

Semisolid or solid matter that are created by human or animal activities, and which are disposed because they are hazardous or useless are known as solid waste. Most of the solid wastes, like paper, plastic containers, bottles, cans, and even used cars and electronic goods are not biodegradable, which means they do not get broken down through inorganic or organic processes. Thus, when they accumulate they pose a health threat to people, plus, decaying wastes also attract household pests and result in urban areas becoming unhealthy, dirty, and unsightly places to reside in. Moreover, it also causes damage to terrestrial organisms, while also reducing the uses of the land for other, more useful purposes.

Some of the sources of solid waste that cause soil pollution are:

● Wastes from Agriculture - This comprises waste matter produced by crop, animal manure, and farm residues.

● Wastes from Mining - Piles of coal refuse and heaps of slag.

● Wastes from Industries - Industrial waste matter that can cause land pollution can include paints, chemicals,
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