eutrophication eutrophication


  • (n) 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


  1. But for all the eutrophication of lakes, the alarms about mercury in livestock and DDT on the vine, the land is still capable of yielding an astonishing bounty.
  2. All sorts of Americans utter new words like ecosystem and eutrophication.
  3. A lake dies of eutrophication, or quite simply over-nourishment.

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  1. "I feel like I'm a human barometer," says Samuelson in the article. "I've seen environmental changes during that time, whether it be ambient air quality or erosion or eutrophication of our ponds and lakes or other water bodies."
    on Jul 30, 2009 By: Joan Benoit Source: Bowdoin News

  2. "What we have is a warm gun, not yet a smoking one," said Jonathan Chase, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis. "We have evidence that eutrophication creates a favorable situation for a common snail that...
    on Aug 5, 2004 By: Jonathan Chase Source: News from Washington University in St. Louis

  3. Edmondson said Oklahoma is saying to the poultry industry, "You can't continue to surface apply it because it is running off and getting into the streams and particularly the phosphorus is causing what the Oklahoma agronomists call eutrophication,...
    on Jul 28, 2008 By: Drew Edmondson Source: Norman Transcript

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