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Yangtze and Ganges Rivers Pollution
Transcript of Yangtze and Ganges Rivers Pollution
environmental issues on the Yangtze
and Ganges Rivers.
Cause and effects of
pollution on the Yangtze
and Ganges Rivers.
Begins in the Himalayan Mountains and flows
1600 miles through India and Bangladesh to the Bay of Bengal. This river provides water and transportation for over 400 million people. It is known as "Mother Ganges".
The Ganges River
The bodies of dead animals and human remains (cremated bodies that are burned into ashes) regularly float down the rivers; many Indians bathe in the Ganges as well. They also use the water for drinking and cooking.
Pollution: chemicals used
in fertilizers and industry
are washed into the river
everyday. Human and animal
waste also pollute the river.
The city still pours millions of gallons of sewage into the river to be carried to cities and villages farther south. This problem causes major outbreaks of diseases.
(diseases found in drinking
water) Are the highest rates
along the cities.
China's longest river, flows almost 4000 miles from N.W. part of the country to East China Sea. It passes through 185 towns where almost 400 million people live.
The Yangtze River
Millions of gallons of sewage are dumped into the river, along with chemicals from agricultural runoff and industrial wastes. Nitrogen from fertilizers and arsenic from industrial uses are leading pollutants fund in the Yangtze's waters.
The high levels of nitrogen and phosphates
lead to the growth of blue-green algae. This
growth reduces the oxygen in the water causing fish to die.
Species of animals and plants are disappearing that once
lived in the river.
In spite of the river's importance and its
place in the spiritual lives of Indians, the
quality of the water has become poor.
The solution: The Ganges Action
Plan: the plan in 1985 to try and
clean up the river.However, growing
population and the run-off of industrial waste continue to be a problem therefore the soltution is not much help.
There are pumping stations throughout the river that take water to supply people with water for drinking, irrigation, and industrial uses.
Contaminated fish are caught and
eaten by the Chinese people, leading
to other health problems.
Solutions: China is building more
water treatment facilities.