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Cecie Starr + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337408332
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With biological magnification, a ___ will have the highest pollutant load.

  1. a. producer
  2. b. primary consumer
  3. c. secondary consumer
  4. d. top-level consumer

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Mostly the human activities have the potential to not only harm individual species, but also to transform entire biomes. These activities ultimately increase the amount of pollutants in the environment.

Explanation

Reasons for the correct statement:

Tropic level affects the pollutant concentration in an organism’s tissue. By the biological magnification process, when some pollutants pass up a food chain, then their concentration increases. As the food chain moves up, the concentration of the pollutant increases.

Option d. is given as “top-level consumer”. With biological magnification, a top-level consumer will have the highest pollutant load. Option d. is correct.

Reasons for the incorrect statement:

Option a. is given as “producer”.  A producer is the initial level in the food chain...

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