Definitions for eutrophication
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
eu•troph•icyuˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk(adj.)
(of a lake) characterized by an abundant accumulation of nutrients that support a dense growth of algae, the decay of which depletes the shallow waters of oxygen in summer.
Origin of eutrophic:
The process of becoming eutrophic
Eutrophication or more precisely hypertrophication, is the ecosystem response to the addition of artificial or natural substances, such as nitrates and phosphates, through fertilizers or sewage, to an aquatic system. One example is the "bloom" or great increase of phytoplankton in a water body as a response to increased levels of nutrients. Negative environmental effects include hypoxia, the depletion of oxygen in the water, which induces reductions in specific fish and other animal populations. Other species may experience an increase in population that negatively affects other species.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The enrichment of a terrestrial or aquatic ECOSYSTEM by the addition of nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorus, that results in a superabundant growth of plants, ALGAE, or other primary producers. It can be a natural process or result from human activity such as agriculture runoff or sewage pollution. In aquatic ecosystems, an increase in the algae population is termed an algal bloom.
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