Lakhmir Singh & Manjit Kaur - Science

Book: Lakhmir Singh & Manjit Kaur - Science

Chapter: 18. Pollution of Air and Water

Subject: Chemistry - Class 8th

Q. No. 22 of Short Answer Type Questions

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Why does the increased level of nutrients (or fertilizers) in the lake water affect the survival of aquatic organisms (like fish)?

Some ponds or lakes have a lot of green algae growing in them. This is caused due to the excessive quantity of chemicals which are washed from the fields. These chemicals act as nutrients for these algae to grow. When these algae die, they act as a nutrient for decomposers like bacteria. As a result of this process, a lot of oxygen in the water gets used up causing the decrease of oxygen level. This affects the survival of aquatic plants which can also kill them.

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