Point source pollution

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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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  3. ^ Harrison, Roy M., ed. (2001). Pollution: Causes, Effects and Control (4th ed.). Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry. p. 2. ISBN 0-85404-621-6. 
  4. ^ United States. Clean Water Act. Section 402(p), 33 U.S.C. § 1342(p).
  5. ^ "Point sources". Sound Waves. University of Southampton. Retrieved 2018-01-24. 
  6. ^ Brüel & Kjær, Nærum, Denmark. "Environmental Noise Propagation". Noise Pollution Clearinghouse. Montpelier, VT. Retrieved 2018-01-24. 
  7. ^ Stähler, Simon & Hosseini, Kasra & Zhang, Ran & Sigloch, Karin (2014). "Estimating the uncertainty of seismic point source solutions". Conference: EGU General Assembly 2014, held 27 April - 2 May, 2014 in Vienna, Austria, id.9911. 
  8. ^ "Light Pollution Sources". Night Skies. U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-01-24.