Deutsch: Verunreinigung / Español: Impureza / Português: Impureza / Français: Impureté / Italiano: Impurità

In the environmental context, "impurity" refers to any substance that is undesired or harmful within a particular environment or ecological system. These impurities can include pollutants, contaminants, or any foreign elements that disrupt the natural balance of the ecosystem. They can be found in water, air, soil, or living organisms and often result from human activities such as industrial processes, agricultural operations, and urban development.


Impurities in the environment can take various forms, such as chemical substances (like pesticides or heavy metals), biological agents (such as pathogens or invasive species), or physical objects (including plastic debris and particulate matter). The presence of these impurities can lead to pollution, which adversely affects wildlife, plant life, and human health. Environmental scientists study the sources, effects, and control of these impurities to manage and reduce pollution and restore ecosystems.

Application Areas

  • Water Treatment: Removing chemical and biological impurities from water to make it safe for drinking and ecosystem health.
  • Air Quality Control: Filtering out particulate matter and controlling emissions of harmful gases to improve air quality.
  • Soil Remediation: Techniques to remove pollutants or contaminants from soil, including bioremediation and phytoremediation.
  • Waste Management: Strategies to reduce, recycle, and properly dispose of waste materials to minimize environmental impurity.



An "impurity" in the environment context is any unwanted or harmful substance that contaminates air, water, or soil and disrupts ecological balance. Addressing environmental impurities is crucial for protecting natural habitats, ensuring public health, and maintaining the overall integrity of ecosystems.


Related Articles

Ambiente ■■■■■■■■■■
In the context of the environment, the term "Ambiente" (Spanish and Italian for "environment") refers . . . Read More
Pollutant acclimatization ■■■■■■■■■■
"Pollutant acclimatization" in the environmental context refers to the process by which organisms adapt . . . Read More
Acid ■■■■■■■■■■
An Acid is a Corrosive solution with a pH less than 7. DescriptionAcid in the environment refers to the . . . Read More
Lead ■■■■■■■■■■
A lead is a naturally-occurring heavy, soft metallic elementhuman Exposure can cause brain and nervous . . . Read More
Filtration ■■■■■■■■■■
Filtration is commonly the mechanical or physical operation which is used for the separation of solids . . . Read More
Wastewater ■■■■■■■■■■
Wastewater refers to water that has been used in various human activities and has become contaminated . . . Read More
Methyl ■■■■■■■■■■
Methyl in the environment context refers to a hydrocarbon group, or alkyl derived from methane, containing . . . Read More
Chemical Compound ■■■■■■■■■■
A Chemical Compound is a distinct and pure substance formed by the union or two or more elements in definite . . . Read More
Ammonia ■■■■■■■■■■
Ammonia in the environmental context refers to a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen with the formula NH3. . . . Read More
Pesticides ■■■■■■■■■■
Pesticides are chemical agents used to destroy pests. Pesticides are also chemical compounds used to . . . Read More