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  1. #1 contrast in the lake 
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    I read that oligotrophic lakes are generally oxygen-rich but nutrient-poor, and eutrophic lakes are oxygen-poor but nutrient-rich. Why do oxygen and nutrient contrast each other?

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    By overloading the water, with nutrients, eutrophication occurs.

    With the water rich in nitrates and phosphates, algae blooms occur, large populations cause an unbalance and as they use all the nutrients, they die off.

    Bacteria then decay the algae remains, which puts a demand on the oxygen supply.

    That’s how I learned it...

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