Comprehensive study of Yekaterinburg's dirt completed
The study says that the dirt consists of seven percent salt, eight percent tiny stones and 85 percent dust, MIR96.ru reports.
According to Sergei Buldakova, the head of the Department of Transport and Road Construction, researchers were surprised by the small traces of exhaust in the dirt and the absence of rubber particles.
The dirt on the roads, however, can still pose a problem and ware on passing cars, nearby lawns and railways, according to MIR96.ru.
The university is pushing for further X-ray structural analysis of the available samples of the dirt to determine the nature of chemical compounds, though scientists believe the dirt will not fundamentally change.
The study of the dirt was conducted in order to help Yekaterinburg be better prepared as the potential site for both the 2018 World Cup and Expo 2020, according to MIR96.ru.
The initiative to examine the dirt was started by Lipovicha Eugene, who was one of the first people to bring the issue to the public's attention. The problem only adds to Yekaterinburg's reputation as one of the most polluted cities of the country, with the nickname "Gryazburg."
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