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(1) The change in the environment caused by natural or artificial input of harmful contaminants into the environment, and may cause instability, disruption or harmful effects to the ecosystem.

(2) The act of polluting; the state of being polluted.

(3) The pollutant or contaminant in the environment.


The different forms of pollution are as follows:

Word origin: from Late Latin pollutio "defilement," from Latin polluere "to soil, defile, contaminate"
Related forms: pollute (verb)

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Ecology qustion

... cause. If there has been no dramatic change in the environment ex disruption or flooding of habitat or changes of weather patterns, then look for pollution, then disease, then excess predation or competition, and lastly a similar decline in another species on which the species under study is dependent. ...

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by animartco
Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Ecology qustion
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Springhill Group - Asian frogs becoming extinct, biologists

... warned at an international conservation meeting in South Korea this week. The scale of the destruction – caused by habitat loss, disease, pollution and other factors – is hard to quantify, but scientists fear the result will be disastrous. Amphibians have been suffering a wave of devastation ...

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by justinbibe88
Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Springhill Group - Asian frogs becoming extinct, biologists
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Re: The Himalayan Snowcock in Nevada

... been here forever. I'll add that zebra mussel is not necssarily a problem. In the Great Lakes, it's been credited with reduction of particulate pollution and subsequent increase in fish populations. On the otherside they've reduced populations of "native" mussels and been the source ...

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by JorgeLobo
Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: The Himalayan Snowcock in Nevada
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Re: I'm writing a fictional short story. I have some questions.

Hi Theongreyjoy. Interesting question. Lichens would increase a little because they hate pollution but I don't know about mosses. For them to increase the climate would have to get wetter. I don't think that we are affecting the water cycle to any great degree. We are ...

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by animartco
Sat May 26, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I'm writing a fictional short story. I have some questions.
Replies: 4
Views: 2672

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

... some bad side-effects, but shooting has only bad aim. Do not put into my mouth what I didn't say. I said, that improving industry lowers produced pollution! For that reason is the research important, because it will help us to preserve the environment, while keeping our standard of living.

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by JackBean
Tue May 15, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
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