Like home air pollution , land pollution is also a common problem worldwide. Land pollution is the direct result of the activities that humans engage in.
There are a number of major sources of land pollution, not counting the general litter and trash that people choose not the throw away in a proper receptacle. Among these major sources are burial sources, insecticides and pesticides, construction wastes, human waste, herbicides, and mining waste.
Poisons to the land are destructive from the instant they touch the ground and their pollutant spreads as it travels through the ground. Herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides are harmful to more than what they are designed to kill or deflect.
When used in large quantities these products can pollute groundwater drinking supplies as well as rivers and streams. Moreover, they pollute the ground and land surrounding the area they are used. While these products were originally produced to save the farmers’ crops, residential use is at an all time high and the land pollution effects are severe.
Burial is a very common methodology of surrendering the dead. Whether animal or human, the general digging process leads to erosion especially when the burials happen on plots within cemeteries. As bodies decompose there is a release of gases and fluids that are harmful to the ground, causing serious pollution problems for the surrounding land. It’s not unusual for the spread of disease caused by decomposition to trigger an investigation into the nearby burial grounds.
Construction waste is responsible for several types of land pollution. The soil dumping, which is often removed from a construction site and dumped into a nearby river or bay, interferes with the natural filtration process that is necessary to keep the waterways cleaner. On top of that, the oils, paints, and toxic chemicals which are often dumped or run off the construction site cause major land pollution problems as well as water pollution problems.
The acid that drains from mines it terrible for the surrounding environment. In the process of mining, gases are released from the ground and the composite chemicals are left to run through the wild habitats, killing off wildlife and aquatic life, both vegetation and animal. Mining has been a core industry of some areas for decades, and the urge to offer cleaner mining techniques is now so vital that refusing to do so could endanger entire states’ health prospects.
Human wastes include raw sewage as well as the regular the trash day deposit. It’s not unusual for third world countries to become the dumping ground for a percentage of trash that more powerful countries create. Raw sewage that seeps away from the treatment plant has the potential to spread disease and harm habitats. Recycling has improved in some areas, but even this process has been known to contribute to pollution problems.
The biggest problem that land pollution creates is the impact it has on the surrounding environments. Every form of land pollution kills off the habitats of land animals as well as aquatic life. The more we deplete these habitats the more the ecosystem is thrown out of balance.
Without a well balanced ecosystem, more animals die from overpopulation to under population. Aside from the moral issues associated with this, the survival of the ecosystem is vital to human survival. We depend on the ecosystem to provide more than merely the air we breathe, but to provide a wealth and richness that we thrive upon.
Land pollution is often visible, but there are many aspects of land pollution that remain unseen by the human eye. We can see deforestation, the effects of mining as the surrounding trees die off, and we can smell the effects on our shorelines and within our cities.
However, what we don’t see is the senseless suffering of the creatures that we are killing through our human actions. What we don’t see is the final death of a flower or the last of its kind. What we can’t see is the future impact that our actions are likely to have on our lives as well as the lives of the animals, fish, insects, and creatures that depend on the environment for their daily survival. Most often, we don’t see these things because we simply choose not to.