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1. What is soil pollution?

Environmental pollution, in general, occurs when certain elements that cause harmful effects accumulate in quantities that nature can not recycle. In the case of soil, at present, the rate of substrate losses is greater with which they are formed. The soils can be lost, as in fact they are lost, due to pollution and degradation as a consequence of the anthropogenic activities that affect the natural cycles of their recovery. There are already those who consider the soil as a non-renewable natural resource.

The contamination of soils is mainly due to the injection of chemical agents that modify their composition and affect the growth of the flora and fauna. These include salinization, loss of nutrients, contamination with excess sodium salts, acidification and the poisoning of land and plants through excessive use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Over time, the lower strata can penetrate and pollute the aquifers, preventing their use as drinking water.

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The soils pollution

The soil is the surface of the earth’s crust that covers a large part of the continents and islands of the world. It has been formed thanks to the action of abiotic and biotic components for hundreds of millions of years by the mechanical dissolution of rocks, the incorporation of particles and substances from air and water, but above all by the installation of living beings in the planet, almost from its beginnings and especially in the last 600 million years…

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