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Transcript of Turbidity
By: Samantha Futo, David Hernandez, Sydney Emerson, Marcus Hua, Andrew Rudkowski
What is it?
Turbidity: is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid caused by individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, similar to smoke in the air, turbidity is a key test of water quality because it is an indicator of potential pollution
The lower the turbidity, the clearer the water. The higher the turbidity the cloudier the water.
What causes it?
Turbidity is caused by suspended matter or impurities that interfere with the clarity of water. These impurities may include clay, silt, finely divided inorganic and organic matter, soluble colorful, organic compounds, and plankton and other microscopic organisms.
What affects it?
Turbidity can be caused by excess amounts of phytoplankton in a water system (think algal blooms, commonly caused by pollution) it can also be caused by sediment in water and storm run-off, both forms of pollution