The South Pacific region has a reputation for sun-drenched beaches, clear waters and lush green vegetation. The possibility that contamination of the environment exists is often not considered. While this scenario does still exist in places, the situation is changing quite rapidly with increasing populations and industrial development contributing to problems that now require serious attention. Contaminated soils have been identified, but this issue has received minimal attention, partly because of a lack of appreciation of the areal extent and potential severity and partly because of inadequate resources to address the situation. This chapter examines the causes of contamination, the extent of the situation, assesses potential problems and makes recommendations for future action.
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- Contaminated soils in the South Pacific Islands
R. J. Morrison
- Springer Netherlands
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