A Case Study Involving Heavy Metal Soil Contamination After the Flooding

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This article investigates the impacts of a different effect of contaminants getting into a water source. Earlier I posted an article about contaminated drinking water due to arsenic levels. This article deals with contaminated water due to the... more »This article investigates the impacts of a different effect of contaminants getting into a water source. Earlier I posted an article about contaminated drinking water due to arsenic levels. This article deals with contaminated water due to the flooding of the banks of a river. When the river flooded it brought silt into the waterway from the portion of shore that it flooded and carried that silt downstream into farm lands/ As a result of this dangerous levels of heavy metals. Specifically Cd, which is Cadmium (I actually remembered that myself, chemistry professors would be so proud), was found to have increased deposits in the soil of farmland downstream, and the levels of this heavy metal found in the wheat grown in that soil was found to elevated to unhealthy and dangerous levels. This is relevant to the topic of discussion of health in the environment in that it shows that small and simple things can have far reaching implications via an unforeseeable chain of events. No one would think that the natural process of a river flooding its banks in one place could lead to heavy metals in the soil downstream, which resulted in heavy metals being found in the food. This is an excellent lesson in the rippling effects that any environmental disturbance may have on the heath of one, or many individuals. 04-22-2016 12:00am

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