Eutrophication

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  • excessive nutrients in a lake or other body of water, usually caused by runoff of nutrients (animal waste, fertilizers, sewage) from the land, which causes a dense growth of plant life; the decomposition of the plants depletes the supply of oxygen, leading to the death of animal life; "he argued that the controlling factor in eutrophication is not nitrate but phosphate"

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Eutrophication Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Eutrophication is what a water-based ecosystem does when different substances are added to it. An example is when algae grow when fertilizers are added. This is one cause of algal blooms. Hypoxia can occur - this means that oxygen levels fall and creatures that need oxygen to survive, like fish, start to die.



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