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    Nitrate Contamination of Ground Water

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    Nitrate Contamination of Ground Water The Earth's surface is covered by massive amounts of water, but only a small measure of it is safe for consumption. With a very limited supply, we need to focus our energies on preserving its quality and quantity. Nitrates pose a great threat to our precious groundwater. There are many ways that groundwater can be contaminated, but most aren't nearly as detrimental as an increase in the amount of nitrates within our groundwater. How do nitrates get into

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    Nitrates contamination of the world's underground water supply poses as a potentially serious health hazard to the human inhabitants on earth. High nitrate levels found in drinking water has been proven to be the cause for numerous health conditions across the globe. If we intend to provide for the future survival of man, and life on planet earth, we must take action now to assure the quality of one of our most precious resources, our underground water supply. Ground water can

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    depending on freshwater habitats to be safe homes. One of the main contaminants, nitrates, which spring from mainly manmade sources, are especially treacherous… Many people are unaware of the impact of nitrate ions in freshwater habitats. Nitrate presence is imperative for plant growth and development. This is because nitrogen is a key ingredient in the nucleic acid structure of plants. The natural level of nitrate concentration in freshwater is 1 milligram/Liter (mg/L). However, due to agricultural

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    necessary to keep water systems, and ultimately the environment clean. Water Pollution There are two types of water pollution, direct and indirect contamination (also known as point, and non-point contamination). Direct contamination includes pollutants released into a water system directly from factories, homes, refineries, etc. Indirect contamination occurs when contaminants enter the system from the atmosphere (car emissions, factory smoke, etc.) through rainwater, or through the ground (such

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    (Singer and Munns). Nitrogen is useful to plants in the form of nitrate because plants can take in nitrate and form organic molecules (Singer and Munns, 193). However, in soils, nitrogen in the form of nitrate (NO3) is considered a "mobile nutrient" which means that it can move easily through the soil to supply the needs of a plant (Singer and Munns, 221). That means it is accessible to the roots of plants, however, it also means that nitrate can be transported through a soil by moving with the water

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    Pollan's Suggestion

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    result of people using ammonium nitrate as inorganic fertilizer. After WWII, America had a leftover supply of ammonium nitrate, which is a vital ingredient for manufacturing bombs. Ammonium nitrate is a chemical compound that consists of nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen. So rather than letting those resources go to waste, agronomists, or scientists who study the science of soil management and the production of field crops, suggested using the leftover ammonium nitrate as fertilizer for farming. The

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    children, while injuring hundreds more. The bomb was made up of a deadly and potent mixture of two and a half tons of ammonium nitrate, a common farm fertilizer, and fuel oil then was packed inside the rented truck. The most frightening thing about this bomb was that its contents were cheap and very accessible to the public. Most gardening stores sell 50lbs bags of ammonium nitrate for $10. The substantial destruction from the bomb was luck more than anything. Former FBI bomb expert Denny Kline commented

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    Nitrogen Essay

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    Because of this plants are forced to obtain nitrogen in the form of nitrate and ammonium from the soil. Too much nitrate can cause a negative effect on the plant including nitrate toxicity. High levels of nitrate are not only bad for plants but can also be dangerous to animals or humans in their presence. Here I discuss the scientific evidence of the effects of nitrate accumulation on plants and the environment and argue that too much nitrate accumulation can be harmful to its surroundings. Nitrogen is

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    Gonorrhea

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    Approximately 1 million new cases of this disease are reported each year in the United States, and public health experts estimate that an additional million or more gonorrhea infections go unreported each year. Although these numbers seem very large, the disease occurs less frequently now than it did in the early 1980s. The rate of infection among young unmarried people between the ages of 15 and 24, however it remains very high. Study results released in 1988 by the National Academy

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    Fertilizers

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    pure ammonia. It is kept in liquid form under pressure in steel tanks. Three solid nitrogen fertilizers are ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate, and ammonium phosphate. Two common phosphorus fertilizers are superphosphate and triple superphosphate. Phosphorous fertilizer is made by treating phosphate rock with sulfuric acid. Potassium sulfate and potassium nitrate are used on crops that are harmed by chlorides. The term straight fertilizer stands for any material that supplies one of the three principal

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