A lot of the algae would begin to grow at a faster rate and increase rapidly!
Yes, although light is another factor in algal growth, we’re finding
the effects of temperature may be even more important.
Oh, for goodness sake! Can’t we talk about something besides algae?
Certainly—let’s talk about bacteria instead! It appears bacteria
also grow much faster in the heated portions of the river. That makes
sense because more living algae also means that more algae die, which
in turn increases the growth of decomposers,
One of the threats of thermal pollution is that excessive decomposition
lessens the available oxygen in the water. Less oxygen leads to the deaths
of more plants and animals or their replacement with species more tolerant
of these new conditions.