China research : Soil survey to examine extent of pollution



Findings likely to indicate densely populated areas more affected From China Daily

The central government plans to conduct a nationwide soil pollution survey, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Soil samples will be collected at different depths to find the natural condition of the soil and the impact human activity has had on it, the ministry said on Wednesday.


Soil survey to examine extent of pollution

Samples taken at deep and shallow levels will show how chemical elements have affected the soil.


The ministry did not say when the survey results will be released. It said previous investigations indicate that some regions are heavily polluted, particularly near the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

Comparing the investigation results with surveys in 1994 and 1995 will indicate that soil pollution is spreading to China’s more densely populated eastern areas, the ministry said.

The public has asked authorities to issue soil pollution data…

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