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  • Something interesting I learned of was environmental monitoring. It is done to monitor the soil, water, and air around a chemical manufacturing plant. Environmental monitoring is important in order to keep in check the quality of the environment. By having scientists monitor these elements, they can check for pollution from the chemical manufacturing plants. By detecting the pollutants, they can find ways to prevent it from increasing.
  • For your field trip, you went to a chemical factory, right? What was something interesting you learned there?
  • How is the water nearby the chemical manufacturing plant monitored?
  • To monitor for the soil, a number of samples are taken and a number of tests are done on them in a lab to make sure no chemicals have leaked out of the factory. Also, pH levels are checked to help determine the soil's acidity. This helps them ensure if the soil is contaminated. 
  • To monitor for the water, samples of the water are taken and tested for various chemicals in contaminated waters by using different indicators. For example, pH strips or phenophthalein to determine if the water is acidic and basic and if its pH has to be adjusted.
  • The air quality is checked for radiation as well, right?
  • Air quality is checked for radiation. right?
  • Yes, when checking the air quality, radiation monitoring is also performed to ensure their is no radioactive particles airborne, since they can cause a great deal of harm to our health.  
  • Yes, radiation monitoring is also carried to ensure there is no radioactive particles airborne. Radioactive particles are very dangerous and harmful towards ones health if they come in contact with them.
  • Furthermore, air quality is checked through a filter or by mixing it with a chemical solution in a tube for harmful chemicals. Since air pollution is carried by the wind, anemometer (device used to measure wind speed) data in the area provides insight of the source of the air contaminants. Also, air monitors are used and produces concentrations of multiple chemical compounds, a "chemical fingerprint" of a particular air pollution source may emerge from analysis of the data.  
  • Wow, you learned a lot. I should have went. It would have been an interesting experience.
  • At the chemical plant, they showed how they measured the water and air quality. We also analyzed and interpreted data collected after monitoring their quality. It was so much fun!
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