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Tomorrow’s cities will be built, at least in part, on yesterday's industrial, and probably chemically contaminated, land. Successful risk-based management of the contaminated land legacy of past industrial activity is an important component of managing urban land in a way that is potentially sustainable. Engineering geology has an essential role to play in ensuring that both risk assessments and remediation options are applied, appraised and implemented in ground investigations. Engineering geological parameters, such as particle size distribution (PSD) and soil organic matter (SOM), influence the fate and transport of contaminants in the solid, liquid, vapour and dissolved phases. PSD, SOM and other parameters, including calorific value and moisture content, also determine the feasibility of remediation technologies. Therefore, it is vital that engineering geologists play a central role in managing the risks posed by contaminated land.

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