Seventeen percent of North Carolina’s 5.7 million acres are wetlands. Ninety-five percent of North Carolina’s wetlands are found in the coastal plains. A wetland is part of a watershed (geographic are that drains to a single body of water) or a drainage basin. They are covered by shallow water and have soils waterlogged to the surface. Over time the wetlands have been drained and transformed into industrial facilities, as well as, a use for waste disposal. The wetlands are effected by the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and the hydrosphere.
* movement of soil particles by
wind, gravity, or water
Reduces delivery of oxygen to body tissues; impairs vision reflexes
Burning of fossil fuels in power plants & automobiles
Irritates lungs & contributes to acid rain and smog
Burning of fossil fuels in power plants, oil refineries, paper mills, volcanoes
Irritates respiratory system contributing to acid rain
(dust, smoke, soot, ash)
Factories, power plants, oil refineries, paper mills, volcanoes
Contributes to respiratory problems linked to cancers
Smelters, Battery Plants
Damages nervous & digestive systems
Reactions of nitrogen oxides & hydrocarbons in the presence of sunlight
Reduces lungs functions & causes inflammationAir Pollutants
Groundwater contamination is any addition of undesirable substances to groundwater by human activities.
Contaminant sources in urban areas include gas stations, dry cleaners, garbage dumps, snow-disposal dumps, and industrial sites.
Major storms, such as hurricanes, fill streets with flooded water.
This will contaminate the water, harming the plants and animals.
Humans depend on plants and animals for food.
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