Pollutants Fat Soluble Retained in tissues of body Stored in body tissue Water Soluble Flushed out of body with water Must be replaced each day
16.3 Water Quality Biomagnification causes accumulation of toxins in the food chain. Pollutants can move up the food chain. –predators eat contaminated prey –pollution accumulates at each stage of the food chain Top consumers, including humans, are most affected.
16.3 Water Quality Biomagnification Measured in Parts per million (ppm) The movement of fat-soluble pollutants through a food chain results in higher concentration in the top consumer. Zooplankton 0.123 ppm Lake trout 4.83 ppm Smelt 1.04 ppm Herring gull eggs 124 ppm Phytoplankt on 0.025 ppm