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Environmental Pollution Studies$
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Gerry Best

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239239

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313035

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(p.29) 3. Eutrophication
Environmental Pollution Studies
Liverpool University Press

Algal blooms have increased in many freshwater lakes and ponds and in slow-moving water such as canals and rivers. The problem of excess algae is attributed to eutrophication, which is the increase of nutrients, mainly phosphorus and nitrogen compounds in aquatic ecosystems. The excess nutrients allow the rapid growth of algae and aquatic plants. This chapter discusses freshwater eutrophication and the problems it causes in lakes and rivers. It also includes a case history of Strathclyde Park Loch, a eutrophic lake in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Keywords:   algal blooms, freshwater lakes, algae, eutrophication, aquatic plants, freshwater eutrophication, Strathclyde Park Loch

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