Deutsch: Konzentration / Español: Concentración / Português: Concentração / Français: Concentration / Italiano: Concentrazione /

A Concentration is the relative amount of a substance mixed with another substance. An example is five PPM of Carbon Monoxide in air or 1 mg/l of iron in water. See parts per billion, parts per million.

Description

Concentration in the environment refers to the amount of a particular substance found in a given area or volume of air, water, or soil. It is a key factor in evaluating the quality of the environment and assessing potential risks to human health and ecosystems. Concentrations can vary widely depending on factors such as emissions from industrial sources, natural processes, and weather conditions. Monitoring and managing concentrations of pollutants is crucial for maintaining a healthy environment for all living organisms. High concentrations of harmful substances can lead to pollution, degradation of ecosystems, and adverse health effects for humans and wildlife.

Application Areas

Treatment and Risks

  • Treatment options may include filtration, chemical treatment, or phytoremediation
  • Risks of high concentrations include respiratory problems, neurological disorders, and damage to ecosystems
  • Exposure to elevated pollutant concentrations can have long-term health effects
  • Effective management of concentrations is essential to reduce environmental risks

Examples

Similar Concepts and Synonyms

  • Levels of pollution
  • Abundance of contaminants
  • Density of pollutants

Weblinks

Articles with 'Concentration' in the title

  • Reference Concentration (RfC): A Reference Concentration (RfC) is the reference Concentration is an estimate (with uncertainty spanning perhaps an order of magnitude) of a continuous inhalation exposure to the human population (including sensitive subgroups which include . . .
  • Background concentrations:: A Background concentrations: is In this context, EPA uses background concentrations to mean the contributions to outdoor Air Toxics concentrations resulting from natural sources, persistence in the environment of past years' emissions and l . . .
  • Bioconcentration: A Bioconcentration is the accumulation of a chemical in tissues of a fish or other organism to levels greater than in the surrounding medium. In the context of the environment, "bioconcentration" refers to the accumulation of a chemical or . . .

Summary

Concentration in the environment refers to the presence of a particular substance in air, water, or soil, with significant implications for human health and ecosystem well-being. Monitoring and managing concentrations is critical to prevent pollution and protect environmental quality.

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