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Eutrophication - Definition

Eutrophication is the term used to describe the process of phosphorus enrichment.  It can be defined as the over-enrichment of lakes and rivers with nutrients, usually phosphorus, leading to excessive growth of algae and other aquatic plants. 

The production of algae on the waters surface can significantly reduce light levels. The algae also de-oxygenates the water suffocating aquatic life. Some algaes, especially the blue-green species, are toxic to humans and animals. They also give off an unpleasant odour.

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