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Abstract

Notwithstanding rich information available on the biological effects occurring in the natural environment, it is rather difficult to distinguish those due to natural causes from those produced by pollutants. It has to be considered that a lake is rarely polluted by one toxic substance only but that a mixture of pollutants contributes simultaneously to its degradation. An organism modifying, for example, the characteristics of the physical environment influences the role of the pollutant as well. Starting out from these considerations, a series of interrelations between different pollutants, biota, and the physical environment become evident. Measures for lake recovery and protection are described. A correct ecological management of the areas concerned could easily be realized if effective communication channels between scientists, decision makers, and people were established.

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Authors: RAVERA O JRC-ISPRA, JRC-ISPRA
Bibliographic Reference: STUDY WEEK: A MODERN APPROACH TO THE PROTECTION OF ENVIRONMENT, ROMA, NOV. 2-7, 1987, AVAILABILITY: CEC-LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, BP 1907, MENTIONING PAPER ORA 33742 E
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