Significance of Calcium

Calcium Significance

Calcium is a critical element in freshwater systems for many levels of the food web to stay healthy and reduced levels may have negative impacts on the health of those lakes.

Calcium is an important element in the diets of many plants and most animals. Some algae (coccolithophores) use calcium to form protective shells, invertebrates like snails and mussels require calcium for their protective shells, and—just like humans—fish require calcium for their bones. Animals like fish obtain calcium through their diets, while algae and many invertebrates obtain their calcium directly from the water.

Calcium is desirable in water for irrigation. It is essential for normal plant growth and for the maintenance of good cultivation of the soil.

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