Firstly before we start to identify the effects of thermal pollution, we need to know what the definition of thermal pollution is. Thermal pollution is the harmful release of heated liquid into a body of water or heat released into the air as a waste product of a business.
Decrease in DO (Dissolved Oxygen) Levels
The warm temperature reduces the levels of DO (Dissolved Oxygen) in water. The warm water holds relatively less oxygen than cold water.
Effects of Thermal Pollution
Increase in Toxins
With the constant flow of high temperature discharge from industries, there is a huge increase in toxins that are being regurgitated into the natural body of water.
A sudden thermal shock can result in mass killings of fish, insects, plants or amphibians. Hotter water may prove favourable for some species while it could be lethal for other species.
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