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land pollution click to hear : land pollution

Numerous factors contribute to soil pollution (e.g., household and industrial waste, fertilizers, pesticides).
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intensive husbandry nonbiodegradable pollutants industrial pollution domestic pollution industrial waste household waste authorized landfill site waste layers intrusive filtration fungicide pesticide herbicide fertilizer application agricultural pollution

intensive husbandry click to hear : intensive husbandry

Animal dung introduces large quantities of nitrate into the soil; the nitrate then filters into the water table.

nonbiodegradable pollutants click to hear : nonbiodegradable pollutants

Products that cannot be completely decomposed by living organisms.

industrial pollution click to hear : industrial pollution

Most nonbiodegradable soil pollutants are produced by industry, which discharges more than 700 different substances.

domestic pollution click to hear : domestic pollution

Pollution generated by an increase in household waste and detergent spilled into wastewater.

industrial waste click to hear : industrial waste

Some of it is treated in the same manner as household waste, while other forms containing toxic substances are processed at specialized sites.

household waste click to hear : household waste

It is composed mostly of biodegradable organic matter but also contains plastics, detergents, solvents and heavy metals.

authorized landfill site click to hear : authorized landfill site

Land that is filled with household and industrial waste and then covered with successive layers of earth.

waste layers click to hear : waste layers

Each waste layer is sealed using a plastic film or a base layer of clay.

intrusive filtration click to hear : intrusive filtration

In spite of the sealing of waste layers, rainwater runoff allows certain pollutants to seep into the subsoil.

fungicide click to hear : fungicide

It is used to destroy parasitic fungi on crops.

pesticide click to hear : pesticide

Product (insecticide, herbicide or fungicide) that destroys harmful organisms. It sometimes enters the food chain and affects flora and fauna.

herbicide click to hear : herbicide

It is used to destroy or limit the growth of plants harmful to crops.

fertilizer application click to hear : fertilizer application

The excessive use of fertilizers leads to an increased quantity of mineral compounds in the soil and in farmed crops.

agricultural pollution click to hear : agricultural pollution

It has developed with the intensification of agriculture and the large-scale use of fertilizers and pesticides.