Eutrophication Essay

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The Effect of Nutrient Type and Nutrient Concentration of Algae Growth in Lake Encanto Abstract Encanto Lake Park pond water is not a natural water source thus its water nutrient contents constantly are influenced by outside sources. Lake Eutrophication, the experiment sought to observe the effects of the addition of chemical solutions, such as Phosphorus and Nitrogen and observe the effects of algal growth. The experiment consisted of the treatment of pond water treated with a different nutrient. Six beakers were filled with varying concentrations of Phosphorus, another with six beakers with a differing concentration of Nitrogen and the last with six beakers were filled with decreasing concentrations of both Nitrogen and Phosphorus. The experiment done on pond water from Encanto Lake Park was to test the effects of eutrophication on algal growth. These results varied from the nutrient that was added; resulting in positive growth with the addition of Phosphorus alone and insignificant growth with the addition of Nitrogen alone. The pond water was added a combination of the two contaminants which resulted in a positive growth of algae, surpassing the growth either of the contaminants alone provided. Introduction The question posed was whether the addition of outside nutrients such as Phosphorus and Nitrogen would have an effect on pond water phytoplankton, if any. Lake Eutrophication happens naturally in an undisturbed environment but humans have caused Eutrophication to occur at a much faster rate to freshwater sources that become contaminated by unwanted addition of plant nutrients to aquatic systems. Experimentation has shown enhanced algal abundance, community dominance and increased duration above the highest response was controlled by the availability of nutrients (Elliot). Humans allow cultural eutrophication, which is a major problem in

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