Achaya Kalamohan 500881554 Section #: 05 TA: Andrew February 26th, 2019
Heavy metal water pollution has been one of the biggest problem of the biological society. These metals were introduced into the aquatic system from soils, rocks, volcanic eruptions and human activities, such as mining, and boats driven in the ocean. The most common metals polluted in the ocean would be arsenic, cadmium, nickel, copper, lead, and mercury. These common metals usually arise from mining companies that use an acid mine drainage system to release the heavy metals, since they are soluble in acid solutions. After the drainage process has been completed the acid solution is then dispersed into the ocean. There are two sources of ocean pollution, the first being point sources which has a single, easily identifiable cause for the pollution and the second being a nonpoint source where it is difficult to pinpoint the pollution to one cause (Water treatment). The heavy metal solution affects the ecological branch of biology. The ecological branch is the study of how organisms interact with the changes to the environment (Information, 2017). In the case of water pollution, the aquatic organisms can be taken into consideration and how they react to the changes to their habitat. Another branch of the biology branch would be marine biology, since the pollution of water greatly affects the organisms living or using water as their source of food. Ultimately, due to the water pollution there are many organisms affected by the polluted water, however the main focus would be upon the aquatic organisms who use the ocean or rivers as their source of habitat. It affects the aquatic organisms the most since they are constantly inhaling the polluted water into their system. It it would be difficult to specifically state where there is water pollution since all countries have factories that are constantly draining their wastage into the water. However, the most affected countries would be more of the undeveloped countries. For heavy metal pollution there is no permanent method to get rid of the issue, however there are methods to help reduce the amount of heavy metals from the ocean water to make it safe for the organisms.
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- Heavy metal water pollution