Eutrophication

Authored by: Kyle D. Hoagland , Thomas G. Franti

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ENRW-120010332

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Abstract

Eutrophication is a natural process involving the nutrient enrichment of surface water and the subsequent impacts on water quality and the aquatic ecosystem. However, as a natural process it takes generations, or even thousands of years, for eutrophication to cause significant changes. The acceleration of the process, known as cultural eutrophication, is of the greatest concern to water quality and the health of aquatic systems.

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