Nutrient pollution coming from agricultural runoff and other fertilizers allows for the growth of species that upset the balance of the ecosystem such as Cattail, harmful algae bloom, and duckweed. The sulfur in the agricultural fertilizers leads to accumulation of toxic mercury in fish, birds, and mammals. Also, exotic animals or invasive species displaced native and threatens to disrupt the ecosystem balance. The purpose of this experiment is to determine how the water quality affects the Everglades ecosystem and how water pollution impacts different species. Urbanization is a big threat that contributes to poor water quality in water pollution.
Roundup immediately experienced negative feedback from the agricultural specialists. Critics suggested that Roundup would damage the environment due to its chemical compound. Also, critics impose that the mixture of chemicals and glyphosate in Roundup is more damaging to the environment than glyphosate alone (Fan, Geng, Ran, Wang, & Han, 2013). Not only was Roundup noted to harm other plants, but Roundup was believed to hurt animals. Furthermore, critics presumed that Roundup’s chemicals would cause animals to get sick and ultimately die.
I use to think pesticides are good because they kill pests, but now I have learned that pesticides are awful to the wildlife, soil, and waterways. Due to pesticides being in the water we drink and in the food we eat, I think it is possible to trace amounts of pesticides in our bodies. “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson calls the readers attention to the issues of pesticides and gives them knowledge on this subject. Pesticides put chemicals into the soil and waterways that hurt the environment. This causes plants and animals to become affected by these chemicals.
When washed into water bodies, contaminated soil can incite water pollution. Most importantly, crops grown on land accumulate the toxins in them. Should anything consume contaminated crops, there is a high chance of poisoning, even for humans, who play a big role in economic growth. It has been established that a higher QOL is a pro of industrialization; should something like this occur, that pro would be negated. The importance of ensuring soil is not contaminated is therefore,
Landfills overflowing can cause damage to the surrounding area. The land and water could become polluted. Also animals could easily wonder into landfills are eat something dangerous, or get trapped by some of the waist. This could kill the animals in the area. Another reason why landfills are damaging the environment is that much of the waste in landfills is dumped into the ocean or lakes.
When topsoil becomes eroded during heavy rains, it washes away nutrient rich soil needed by plants for growth. This limits the amount of vegetation on an area which subsequently leads to further erosion of soil and therefore soil degradation. Animals may lose habitats and food sources due to lack of plants to feed on and this will affect the natural species population in these areas (Mack, 2017). When loose sediment is combined with water, natural disasters
Acid precipitation can also adversely affects trees. There is speculation that sulfate and nitrate deposition affects the ability of trees to tolerate cold temperatures, and weakened trees are killed by cold conditions or become susceptible to diseases. Acid rain also affects a lake ecosystem by dissolving chemical elements necessary for life and keeping them in solution so they leave the lake with water outflow. It is also known that acid rain leaches metals, such as aluminum, lead, mercury, and calcium, from soils and rocks in a drainage basin and discharged them into rivers and lakes. The elevated concentrations of aluminum are particularly damaging to fish, because the metal can clog the gills and cause suffocation.
It is also said that when there is too much sodium in the plant can cause toxicity but more importantly it reacts on plant tissues just as it does on ours. An effect called osmotion occurs when important water that is needed by the plant to photosynthesise is diverted or loosen. • Too much salt in the plant can also increase toxic level leading to wilting and slow growth of plants. That is why sulphur is used to flush out excessive sodium out of the plant. Not only that excess amount of water needs to be added as sodium can form a mixture with water and lower down the concentration of the sodium content.
From the look of things, I have found that these impacts cause more harm than good. If the water cycle is disturbed, my farming processes will be negatively affected. The first effect is that, the washing away of a fertile top soil would lead to a poor harvest, since all the required nutrients for the crops to grow would be washed away. The loss of fertile soil can lead to an increase in the cost of production due to the use of inorganic fertilizer. The other effect is that, if the water cycle is disturbed, the amount of rainfall per season will be affected which will also affect agricultural production since the processes of the water cycle have been disturbed.
Agriculture immensely adds to the nutrient and chemical pollution due to the fertilizers used on crops. When rains or winds come through the fertilizer is carried from the fields into the rivers and streams that then lead into the ocean(Effect of Runoff). Red tide had been a huge issue that is unpreventable and caused by dinoflagellates (Red Tide). Red Tide is a type of algal bloom that takes up oxygen in the water. When the oxygen levels in the ocean are lowered it can kill many plants which is very unfortunate for the manatees considering they are herbivores and with their food supply being depleted they may suffer from starvation.