Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892



Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

Discuss Concepts A lake near your home became overgrown with algae and pond-weeds a few months after a new housing development was built nearby. What data would you collect to determine whether the housing development might be responsible for the changes in the lake?

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The obtained data shows whether development of housing near a lake is responsible for the overgrowth of algae and pondweeds.


The ecosystem is an interaction between biotic and abiotic components present in the environment. However, some human activities disturb the environment. Industrial, agricultural, and household wastes cause pollution in water, which not only cause harm to the living organisms in water, but also affects human beings when they drink it.


The growth of algae and pondweeds increases with an increase in phosphorus concentration in water. To determine if the housing built near the lake is responsible for this, the sewage from the houses that enters the lake should be checked for phosphorus concentration, ...

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