Biological magnification

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Term Biological magnification
Description The concentration of certain substances up a food chain.
Definition Biological magnification

The concentration of certain substances up a food chain. A very important mechanism in concentrating pesticides and heavy metals in organisms such as fish. 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.

References http://sra.org/resources_glossary_a-c.php
http://www.epa.gov/OCEPAterms/bterms.html
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