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Which of the following can be a major source for eutrophication of surface water?

(a) Nitrogen

(b) Calcium

(c) Magnesium

(d) Potassium

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The doubt is from Pollutants Environmental Impact in chapter Environmental Impact of Pollutants and Analysis of Dose – Effect Relationship of Environmental Biotechnology

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Correct answer is (a) Nitrogen

To elaborate: Nitrogen and phosphorus is majorly responsible for Eutrophication which leads to overgrowth of plants and algae in aquatic ecosystems, after the death of the organisms die, bacterial degradation requires a lot of oxygen consumption leading to hypoxia, Calcium, potassium and magnesium are the basic nutrients and minerals available in the environment not leading to eutrophication.

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