Water Contamination and Ocean Dumping Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the impact of water pollution on humans and animals.
# 151591 | 2,587 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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This paper addresses actual cause of water contamination, with focus on the practice and impact of dumping garbage into the oceans. The paper further examines the actual meaning of water contamination, its effects, and particularities of ocean dumping. In particular, the paper notes the impact on humans and wildlife when their water source is not ecologically safe. Next, the paper offers some potential solutions to the identified problems involving water contamination. The report comes to an end with a section of concluding remarks, which restate the most important findings of the analysis. These findings notes that the ultimate solution should be based on detailed analyses of the polluting agents and their impact, the sustained collaboration between global lawmakers, the capping of allowed levels of pollution or the creation of diversified solutions for each country and sector.


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From the Paper:

"Water contamination is generically understood as a process of polluting the natural sources of water; this materializes in that the animals and people consuming the water might be negatively impacted. There is a general misconception that water contamination occurs when chemical compounds are being dropped into waters; yet this is not true as pollution can occur even when natural bio-degradable compounds are being released into water. There are seven primordial categories of water pollutants:
(1) Disease-causing agents - these basically refer to any bacteria, viruses or worms which enter the sewage systems
(2) Oxygen-demanding waste - this category of water pollutants can easily decompose in reaction to oxygen. This basically means that they will absorb the oxygen from waters, with the immediately obvious effect of death of the fish
(3) Water-soluble inorganic pollutants - these generally include acids, toxic metals or salt, all compounds which make the water undrinkable and also lead to the death of the aquatic life
(4) A fourth category is represented by nutrients, represented by nitrates and phosphates which dissolve in water and generate a massive growth in algae or other aquatic plants, phenomenon which drastically reduces the oxygen in the water
(5) Then, there are the organic compounds, generally associated with human activities and man made pollution; these compounds generically include pesticides, plastics materials or oils..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Craun, G.F., Nwachuku, N., Calderon, R.L., Craun, M.F., Outbreaks in Drinking-Water Systems, 1991-1998, Journal of Environmental Health, Vol. 65, 2002
  • Hardin, R., Garbage Out, Garbage In, Social Research, Vol. 65, 1998
  • Hoveyda, N., Yates, B., Bond, C.R., Hunter, P.R., A Cluster of Cases of Abdominal Pain Possibly Associated with High Copper Levels in a Private Water Supply, Journal of Environmental Health, Vol. 66, 2003
  • Leous, J.P., Parry, N.B., Who Is Responsible for Marine Debris? The International Politics of Cleaning Our Oceans, Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 59, 2005
  • Liptak, B.G., Municipal Waste Disposal un the 1990s, CRC Press, 1991

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