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Geography

Quarrying

Disadvantages

A landfill site in Essex

A landfill site in Essex

  • Wildlife habitats are destroyed.
  • Valuable agricultural land is taken away.
  • Quarrying creates pollution from noise and dust.
  • Heavy traffic causes pollution and congestion on narrow country roads. The vibrations from heavy traffic can cause damage to buildings.
  • Quarries create visual pollution and tourists may be deterred by the scars on the landscape.
  • Landfill sites and waste tips need to be monitored to check for a build up of gases, such as methane.
  • Limestone is a non-renewable resource - so it can be argued that quarrying is unsustainable [unsustainable: Resources which cannot be used forever and cannot be replaced or recycled after they are used. The use of fossil fuels is unsustainable for example. ].

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