Soil and plant characteristics of landfill sites near Merseyside, England

Ming Hung WONG*

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An ecological survey of the plant and soil characteristics was carried out on three landfill sites near Merseyside, England. It was discovered that bare ground at two of the landfill areas had high levels of methane contained in the soil air (Sefton Meadows landfill: 6-8% at 35 cm and 16-35% at 65 cm below soil surface; Coalgate Lane landfill: 1-24% at 35 cm and 39-45% at 40 cm below soils surface), causing the appearance of dark grey reduced regions in the soil, a phenomenon similar to flooded soil. The wellvegetated areas at the two sites had lower levels of methane (under 7%). In areas relatively free of methane, the concentrations of mineralized N and NO3- had significant correlations with the dry weights of vegetation (r = 0.71 with p<0.01;r=0.61 with p<0.02 accordingly), indicating the necessity of applying available nitrogen fertilizer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-499
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1988

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Pollution

User-Defined Keywords

  • Landfill
  • Landfill gas
  • Plant growth
  • Soil properties


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