Lecture 13 - Mineral Resources

Lecture 13 - Mineral Resources - Soil Pollution Inorganic...

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Soil Pollution Inorganic Pollutants In areas of mines From farming Industrial Lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury accumulate in body Organic Pollutants Herbicides, insecticides, fungicides Oil spills Salinization Associated with irrigation Affects 25% of farmland
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Cleaning soil Dilution or washing with water Soil Pollution Vapor extraction for volatile contaminants Contaminant- absorbing plants Bioremediation Soil is often not cleaned but is placed in landfills or hazardous waste site
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Mineral Resources The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not the mineral rights. J. Paul Getty
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Availability of mineral resources as a measure of the wealth of a society Important in people’s daily life as well as in overall economy Processed materials from minerals account for 5% of the U.S. GDP Mineral resources are nonrenewable Growing demands for the resources More developed countries consume disproportionate share of mineral resources Mineral Resources
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2010 for the course GEO 101 taught by Professor Hanson during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Lecture 13 - Mineral Resources - Soil Pollution Inorganic...

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