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Industrial discharge of heated water into a river, lake, or other body of water, causing a rise in temperature that endangers aquatic life.
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a rise in the temperature of rivers or lakes that is injurious to water-dwelling life and is caused by the discharge of heated industrial or nuclear-plant waste water.
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|Noun||1.||thermal pollution - harm to lakes and rivers resulting from the release of excessive waste heat into them|
pollution - undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities
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