Pollutant Properties

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  • Properties of Pollutants
    • Toxicity
      • A measure of how poisonous a substance is
        • Methyl Iso-cyanate
    • Neurotoxicity
      • A poison that targets the nervous system around the brain
        • Dimethyl Mercury
    • Specificity
      • A measure of the differing toxicities of a substance to different organisms
    • Persistence
      • A measure of how long a pollutant lasts in the environment before being broken down
        • DDT
    • Degradability
      • Bio
        • Whether a material can be broken down by living organisms
        • Methyl - Parathion
      • Photo
        • If a material is broken down by sunlight
        • PCB
    • Solubility
      • Water
        • Soluble in water
          • Tetrachloro-ethene
      • Lipo
        • Soluble in fat
          • Mercury
          • DDT
    • Bioaccumulation
      • The increase in concentration of a substance in living tissue
      • Mercury
    • Biomagnification
      • The progressive bioaccumulation of a material along a food chain
        • DDT
    • Syngerism
      • The combined effect of two or more pollutants is greater than the sum of the individual effects
        • 1 + 1 = >2
    • Mutagenicity
      • The measure of how much a material or energy from can change DNA structure
        • PCB
        • Chloroform
    • Carcinogenicity
      • A mutagen that can cause cancer
      • PCB
      • Methyl Iso-cynanate
    • Teratogenicity
      • A measure of how much a substance can cause non-inherited birth abnormalities
        • PCB
        • Benzene
  • Property
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