Lesson Vocabulary

vocab week 2
Water droplet. Photo courtesy of Tanya Puntti/Flickr.


Bioaccumulation:
pollutants accumulate in the tissues of organisms and become more concentrated as they are passed up the food chain

Central Utah Project (CUP):
federal water management project designed to provide water for the state of Utah

Clean Water Act:
federal law that protects our nation's waterways from pollution

Dissolved Oxygen:
measure of the amount of oxygen available to aquatic organisms; used to measure an increase in organic and/or nutrient pollution

Eutrophication:
a type of pollution where there are excessive nutrients in a body of water

Hydrogen Bond:
characteristic that makes water molecules attracted to one another; caused by water's polar nature

Nonpoint Source Pollution: pollution that comes from a diffuse area (e.g. stormwater runoff, agricultural fields)

pH:
determines the concentration of hydrogen in the water; a measure of the acidity of a water body

Point Source Pollution:
pollution that can comes from one particular source (e.g. factory smokestack, industrial pipeline)

Polar Molecule
- one end has a slight negative charge and the other a slight positive charge
;l water is a polar molecule

Specific Conductivity: a measure of the amount of dissolved solids (salts, minerals) in the water

Specific Heat: refers to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of a substance by 1 ºC

Turbidity: a measure of the amount of particulates in the water

Universal Solvent: water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid

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