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Phosphorus cycle

Turner, Benjamin L. and Rayboy, Victor (2003) Phosphorus cycle. In: Geller, E., (ed.) McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology. pp. 329-334. McGraw-Hill Inc., New York.

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Phosphorus is indispensable to life on Earth, as it
is involved in the passage of genetic information,
energy transfer, and the construction of plant cells.
Despite this, the amount of phosphorus available for
biological uptake is relatively small, so productivity
in many terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is often
limited by phosphorus availability. As a result, human
interference in the phosphorus cycle can have severe
environmental consequences. For example, phosphorus
pollution of water bodies by sewage effluents
and drainage from agricultural land can contribute to
the growth of toxic blue-green algae, fish deaths, and
a drastic reduction in the quality of affected water bodies.

Item Type: Book Section
NWISRL Publication Number: 1094
Subjects: Mass Import - unclassified
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:55
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 17:49
Item ID: 820