Biological Magnification

Meaning, Term, and Glossary Definition - What is Biological Magnification?

Refers to the process whereby certain substances such as pesticides or heavy metals move up the food chain, work their way into rivers or lakes, and are eaten by aquatic organisms such as fish, which in turn are eaten by large birds, animals or humans. The substances become concentrated in tissues or internal organs as they move up the chain.

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Biological Contaminants   Biological Control   Biological Integrity   Biological Measurement   Biological Medium   Biological Oxidation   Biological Oxygen Demand BOD   Biological pesticides   Biological Stressors   
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