Determining water quality through analysis of aquatic invertebrates and/or water chemistry
The study of aquatic invertebrates and the chemistry of water bodies are essential elements in understanding the quality of water. These are different but related exercises that, when taken as a whole, they provie insights into water quality.
Water Quality: Aquatic Invertbrate
The collection and analysis of aquatic invertebrates provide valuable insights into the quality and characteristics of a stream, river or lake. While different types of macro (visible by the naked eye) invertebrates live in these different environments, they have some common features, some orders of invertebrates require high quality while others can live in poor quality water. They live in these environments accumulating various toxins over time and tolerating different environmental stresses over time. Their different capacities to tolerate these different environments provides distinctions between different orders of families of invertebrates. Click for the analysis tools
Water Quality: Water Chemistry
The study of the chemical characteristics of water, what is dissolved or suspended in water the physical characteristic of water is generally referred to as water chemistry. Water chemistry provides information about broad parameters that are important to life in the water bodies.
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