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.
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