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thermal pollution
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P Natural Resources, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Altering the amount of energy available in the environment by the addition of heat or cold. Most frequently this occurs in the form of the heat added by returning water which has been used for cooling purposes to a river, lake, estuary, bay or the ocean. However "thermal pollution" may also occur with the release of large volumes of the cold, deep water in reservoirs into warmer bodies of water.
Definition Source
Schwarz, Charles F.; Thor, Edward C.; Elsner, Gary H. 1976. Wildland planning glossary. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-13. Berkeley, Calif.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station
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Broader Term
water pollution
Related Term
water quality
contaminación térmica
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