Causes and Effects of Thermal Pollution


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When human activity leads to an unnatural increase (or decrease) in the temperature of a natural body of water, it's called _____ pollution.

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1. What is the fuel used for in a power plant?

2. Generally speaking, thermal pollution is bad. As the temperature of a body of water increases, lifeforms find it hard to live there. Apart from the temperature changing, the water's _____ may also change, further harming life in the area.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will guide your comprehension of thermal pollution's causes and effects. You must be able to recognize certain concepts such as analyzing human activity that affects water temperature in a natural body of water and recognizing the purpose of fuel in a power plant.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these helpful study tools to:

  • Understand how life is affected in a natural body of water that has been thermally polluted
  • Identify how thermal pollution is characterized with regard to power plants
  • Recognize negative effects of thermal pollution

Skills Practiced

Use the worksheet and quiz to practice these skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of how thermal pollution is connected to the temperature of a natural body of water
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding power plants and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about thermal pollution

Additional Learning

Want more awareness of thermal pollution? Read over this lesson named Causes and Effects of Thermal Pollution, which covers these objectives:

  • Define thermal pollution
  • Name some causes of thermal pollution outside of electric power plants
  • Understand how to combat negative effects