chapter  14
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From Eutrophication to Trophic Pollution

WithEugene Angelier, James Munnick

The word eutrophication signifies an increase in autochthonous plant production (macrophytes, periphyton, and phytoplankton) correlated with a high level of nutrients in the water, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus salts. Eutrophication corresponds to the increase of energy potential of the environment, which has repercussions on the entire ecosystem across its food webs, in running as well as stagnant waters.