Testing The Water Quality Of The Lewis And Clark Lake Essay

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In this lab we will be testing the water quality of the Lewis and Clark Lake. We will be testing to see if the water is good quality and good for the fish and creatures that need that water to live. The first step is to extract the water from the lake and analyze the way it looks. We should write down the description of the water. The second step is to take it to the lab to test the water for pollutants and to test the quality of the water.
Ph. is a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration of a solution. Solutions with a high concentration of hydrogen ions have a low pH and solutions with low concentrations of H+ ions have a high ph. Orange juice and coke have a low pH, but bleach and oven cleaner have a high pH ("What is pH"). Rainwater normally contains a pH balance of 5.6. In most places the pH levels in rain are lower than this. When the pH levels in rain rise, it creates acid rain. When acid rain occurs this rain can end up in water sources, such as freshwater lakes. Most freshwater lakes, streams, and ponds have a natural pH in the range of 6 to 8. Acid deposition has many harmful ecological effects when the pH of most aquatic systems falls below 6 and especially below 5. The pH levels of freshwater lakes can affect the lives of the wildlife that live in there ("Acids & Alkalis in Freshwater"). Nitrates in water are caused by the amount of nitrogen in the water. The nitrogen in the ecosystem is from natural events. Nitrates are mostly ammonium and nitrate. This…

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