How do aquatic animals get affected by atomic wastes produced in atomic power stations ?

Asked by jeffladebo | 4th Nov, 2015, 04:36: PM

Expert Answer:

Dumping of atomic or radioactive wastes in water bodies such as rivers, seas and oceans is found to be detrimental to marine and human health. Unlike other wastes, atomic waste does not degrade over a long period of time and usually remains radioactive for decades.  Another unwanted effect is eutrophication, a biological process where dissolved nutrients cause oxygen-depleting bacteria and plants to proliferate creating a hypoxic or oxygen poor environment that kills marine life. In addition to eutrophication, ocean dumping can destroy entire habitats and ecosystems when excess sediment builds up and toxins are released, thereby damaging marine life. 

Answered by Sheetal Kolte | 4th Nov, 2015, 05:14: PM

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