Soil is a vital natural resource that is closely linked to human and ecosystem health. The geochemical environmental atlas of soils of Naples was generated in Italy as a first response to an environmental law that fixed the limits of tolerance for metallic elements and organic compounds in soils and water. The atlas originated from a demand to have available regional- and local-scale geochemical maps showing background levels of soil elements and related organic components that could be used for many purposes, the foremost being for environmental assessment.

The atlas is based on information from a soil sampling survey at...

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