Point source pollution

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Industrial point sources of air pollution.

A point source of pollution is a single identifiable source of air, water, thermal, noise or light pollution. A point source has negligible extent, distinguishing it from other pollution source geometries. The sources are called point sources because in mathematical modeling, they can be approximated as a mathematical point to simplify analysis.[1] Pollution point sources are identical to other physics, engineering, optics, and chemistry point sources and include:

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  1. ^ van Leeuwen, C.J. (2010). Risk Assessment of Chemicals: An Introduction, 2nd Ed. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. ISBN 978-1-4020-6101-1. 
  2. ^ C.Michael Hogan. 2010. Water pollution. Encyclopedia of Earth, Topic ed. Mark McGinley, ed. in chief C.Cleveland, National Council on Science and the Environment, Washington DC