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Vocabulary Term Details

Eutrophication

Definition (http://toxics.usgs.gov/definitions/eutrophication.html)

The process by which a body of water acquires a high concentration of nutrients, especially phosphates and nitrates. These typically promote excessive growth of algae. As the algae die and decompose, high levels of organic matter and the decomposing organisms deplete the water of available oxygen, causing the death of other organisms, such as fish. Eutrophication is a natural, slow-aging process for a water body, but human activity greatly speeds up the process. (USGS)

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Water pollution
N/AAlgal blooms
Dissolved oxygen
Food chains

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Approved Date
24-Jun-2013

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