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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Steps have been taken to limit phosphorus in surface water. However, the amounts of nitrogen-containing species in surface water can also be a problem because they also promote excessive growth of algae and water plants. What are likely sources of this nitrogen? What nitrogen compounds are likely to be present in surface water?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The sources of nitrogen and the nitrogen compounds present in surface water are to be given.

Concept introduction:

Nitrogen cycle: The cycle by which conversion of nitrogen into various chemical forms are done through biological and physical process. Nitrogen cycle is an important process in-order to balance the eco system. The conversion of nitrogen into its oxidation state is the most important thing.

Contamination of water bodies: Water bodies are getting contaminated as a result of the human activities. The presence of nitrates, phosphates…in the sources of water are making it unavailable for drinking. Industrial waste, sewage waste are the main sources for the presence of the chemicals in water sources.

Explanation

Nitrogen cycle is an important process by which atmospheric nitrogen is converted into various forms. Around 50% of nitrogen is converted into various compounds by biological process and 10% by lightening. Another 10% is from manufactured fertilizers and 30% from burning of fossil fuels.

More amounts of nitrogen compounds in water sources may cause severe diseases and illness in human beings including infants

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