The Destruction Of The Habitat

1567 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 7 Pages
The first cost that should always be related to a surface water area is the destruction of the habitat. Once a habitat is destroyed it is hard and expensive to recover, if it can ever be recovered. Sometimes destruction is irreversible. According to Myers & Kent, “Well over half of the human population lives within 100 km of the coasts” (Myers & Kent, 2015). Agricultural lands surrounding these areas, along with other pollution from the metro areas are leading to the destruction on numerous habitats. As this increase in these area of nitrogen continue to rise, the nitrogen continues to pass on through the food chain. It is not just the immediate area that surrounds the surface water that can suffer, but as birds, reptiles, and mammals also frequently use surface water, and pass through the area, the nitrogen can have a multiplying effect as it passes from species to the next species (Myers & Kent, 2015). One fish may contain nitrogen levels that are still non-lethal, but when a bird or other species feeds on multiple fish this nitrogen level can increase inside the bird. Destruction of habitat is not the only effect of nitrogen pollution, and agriculture where it may be the leading problem, is not entirely at fault.
The largest reason for agriculture is the planet’s growing population. This is the true reason that agriculture is growing causing more and more issues with nitrogen pollution. This planet’s population is growing at an alarming rate, and in order to…
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