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Earth and Space > Pollutants


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Below is a summary of most common air, water and soil pollutants. Lists of pollutants may be required if your students are studying AQA "humans and their environment" schemes specifically although other exam boards also cover pollution and their effects on the environment.

Air Pollutants

Water Pollutants

Organic water pollutants:

Inorganic water pollutants:

Soil Pollutants (Contaminants)

pollutant typical effect
smoke Deposits soot on buildings and trees, causing them damage. Permeates the air, making it difficult for living creatures to breathe.
carbon monoxide poisonous gas
carbon dioxide greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming
sulfur dioxide contributes to acid rain