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Water PollutionPeople keep on throwing trash and industrial wastes into our clean water If this continues the quality of our water will deteriorate and without it everything dies including us Water pollution is destroying our world but fortunately we can count on special treatments for this kind of problemWhat is water pollution It is the contamination of water by foreign matter such as organisms chemicals and industrial or other wastes Encarta 96 Water has six major pollutants These pollutants are the following sewage and other oxygen-demanding wastes plant nutrients exotic organic chemicals petroleum radioactive substances and sediments Sewage and other oxygen demanding wastes lead to oxygen depletion to empty out Websters Dictionary Plant nutrients can stimulate the growth of aquatic plants which can interfere with water uses Exotic organic chemicals including pesticides and industrial products Petroleum especially from oil spills which kills most of the animals living in our world Radioactive substances which come from the wastes of organic and thorium a heavy radioactive metallic chemical element Websters Dictionary Sediments consisting of soil and mineral particles washed away by storms and floodwater from croplands Some notable effects of water pollution include those involved in human health some examples would be nitrates in drinking water can cause a disease in infants that sometimes results in death Encarta 96 Cadmium a metallic element used in alloys and for electroplating Websters Dictionary If ingested in sufficient amounts the metal can cause an acute diarrheal disorder and liver and kidney damage The hazardous natural of inorganic substances such as mercury arsenic and lead has long been known or strongly suspected Encarta 96 Lakes are especially vulnerable to pollution One problem is eutrophication the aging process of a body of water choked by plant life Websters Dictionary It occurs when lake water becomes artificially enriched with nutrients causing abnormal plant growth Runoff of chemical fertilizer from cultivated fields may influence this The process of eutrophication can produce problems
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