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The Eutrophication Process

"The long-term increase in the supply of organic matter to an ecosystem -- often as a result of excess nutrients -- is called eutrophication. Eutrophication creates two harmful effects: oxygen depletion and reduced water clarity. When dissolved oxygen levels drop to levels that equal two milligrams per liter or less, a condition called hypoxia occurs." (Excerpt from Marine Life, by Pew Oceans Commissions, pg. 3, June 8, 2001)

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