Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.06, Issue 04, 2000; Page No.(467-469)

SOIL FERTILITY STATUS OF LAND AROUND GRANITE QUARRIES AND CRUSHING SITES OF BANGALORE DISTRICT

R. Ravikumar, N. Shadaksharaswamy and R.K. Somashekar

Abstract

An attempt has been made to know the fertility of soils around quarries and crushing sites. Seventy soil samples were collected and analyzed for different soil fertility parameters. An assessment is made based on the intensity of quarrying and by comparing the analytical data of soil sample with the fertility-rating chart. Soil properties around mechanized and semi-mechanized quarries are affected compared to that around manual quarries. Soil fertility near quarrying site is low and this can be attributed to the accumulation of dust. The soil properties are less affected away from the quarry sites.

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