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Why Test Soil in Urban Settings?

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Soil contamination comes in various forms and is often caused by human activities in the first place. Since there is such a dense population of people living in and around urban areas, the make up of the soil surrounding these areas can become extremely contaminated. This severely affects the viability to grow things in the soil such as food, trees or plants in these urban settings.

 

Some of the potential contaminants found in urban settings include: petroleum products, toxic heavy metals and pesticides and herbicides. The first step to gain a better understanding of what potential contaminants you may be dealing with is by understanding the history of where you are testing. Examples of questions you might need to assess are, what types of housing were in the area? Were there any production plans or main transportation routes near the area. What is the neighboring areas make up like; industry wise, and could it potentially affect the results produced from our soil sampling kits in specific areas near or close to the neighboring area. Some larger cities have used soil sampling kits to test every square meter in a designated zone to determine the severity of contamination, and give accurate results.

 

Using the proper soil sampling equipment can give you a reliable test of the soil make up surround the urban landscape. Some larger cities have used soil sampling kits to test every square meter in a designated zone to determine the severity of contamination. There are various types of soil sampling equipment, such as a soil sample probe that can be useful tool to gain soil core samples for lab testing and analysis of contaminants.

 

Tip: Be sure to mark your soil sample probe at a depth you expect to pull samples from consistently. A soil sample probe with a welded foot pedal at the right depth is also helpful in maintaining constant depth and pulling consistent samples from the designated area.

 

We should also be aware that women and children around the urban setting are also exposed to soil and landscapes such as playgrounds or gardens which may contain some of these toxic heavy metals and chemical, biological and sometimes radioactive waste. Just another reason why testing soil in urban settings is very important.