Glossary of Ecology (6th ed.) by Krebs (2009)
- the process by which lakes are changed from clear water lakes dominated by green algae into murky lakes dominated by blue-green algae, typically caused by nutrient runoffs from cities or agriculture.
Glossary of "Plant Biology (1st ed.)" by Graham et al. (2003)
- The process by which clean waters are converted into polluted or eutrophic waters.
Glossary of "Life (9th ed.)" by Sadava et al. (2011)
- The addition of nutrient materials to a body of water, resulting in changes in ecological processes and species composition therein.
Glossary of "Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet (2nd ed.)" by Botkin & Keller (1998)
- Increase in the concentration of chemical elements required for living things (for example, phosphorus). Increased nutrient loading may lead to a population explosion of photosynthetic algae and blue-green bacteria that become so thick that light cannot penetrate the water. Bacteria deprived of light beneath the surface die; as they decompose, dissolved oxygen in the lake is lowered and eventually a fish kill may result. Eutrophication of lakes caused by human-induced processes, such as nutrient-rich sewage water entering a body of water, is called cultural eutrophication.
- Botkin, D. B. & Keller, E. A. 1998. Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 2nd ed. -xxxxii + 649 pp. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.
- Graham, L. E., Graham, J. M. & Wilcox, L. W. 2003. Plant Biology. -xxxv + 497 pp. Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River.
- Krebs, C. J. 2009. Ecology, 6th ed. -xvi + 655 pp. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
- Sadava, D., Hillis, D. M., Heller, H. C. & Berenbaum, M. R. 2011. Life: The Science of Biology, 9th ed. -xliv + 1266 pp. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland.