THE INFLUENCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS ON THE PERFORMANCE AND GEOTECHNICAL ASPECTS OF FOUNDATION DESIGN
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This abstract explores the intricate relationships between environmental pollutants and the geotechnical aspects of soil, encompassing specific gravity, particle distribution, consistency limits, shear strength, California Bearing Ratio (CBR), and bearing capacity. Heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, petroleum hydrocarbons, and industrial chemicals are examined for their potential impacts on these soil properties. While heavy metals may alter specific gravity and reduce shear strength, pesticides and herbicides can influence particle distribution and Atterberg limits. Petroleum hydrocarbons may coat soil particles, affecting aggregation and shear strength, and industrial chemicals may alter specific gravity and particle distribution. The CBR and bearing capacity are also vulnerable to pollutant-induced changes in soil strength characteristics. Recognizing the complexity of these interactions, the abstract underscores the importance of context-specific investigations and up-to-date research for informed environmental engineering and geotechnical practices. The need for multidisciplinary approaches to mitigate adverse effects on soil and promote sustainability is emphasized, with the ultimate goal of developing resilient soil management strategies that safeguard foundations, protect ecosystems, and ensure the well-being of human and environmental systems.