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Study of anthropogenic deposits of construction and demolition waste and their potential for contamination of soil and groundwater

Grant number: 17/00717-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2017
Effective date (End): July 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Civil Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering
Principal Investigator:Denise Balestrero Menezes
Grantee:Pedro Luiz Ferreira Gomes
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Areas of irregular disposal of construction waste are common all over the country. These residues offer great risks to the population because, depending on where they are deposited, they can affect the soil of the region and the nearby groundwater, also generating difficulties of soil occupation. Some of these deposits are produced by the government itself, with little inspection of what is deposited. The large number of anthropogenic deposits on the surface of the Earth has led some researchers to consider that we are in a new geological period called Technogenic, in which soils in different places in the world are difficult to find without any human intervention. Such residue deposits have been classified in several ways, either by the size, by the constitution of the residues or by the time in which they are incorporated in nature. This work uses these classification methods in an attempt to perform a geological-geotechnical characterization and contaminant potential of these types of anthropogenic deposits in the city of São Carlos, looking for possible solutions to this problem. (AU)