Definition of Nitrate

Definition of Nitrate

Nitrate is a molecule that consists of one nitrogen atom and three oxygen atoms. Nitrates from chemical fertilizers or animal manures applied to agricultural land can contaminate waterways, including lakes and stream. Any nitrogen in excess of what is taken up by plants can oxidize as nitrate, which easily passes through the soil and contaminates both surface and groundwater.

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