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Land use and human activities result in water quality differences in the Ozarks. These differences can affect humans and biota that live in or visit the Ozarks. What are some of the major land uses and human activities that can affect water quality in the Ozarks? • Land use is is almost equally divided between forested and agricultural land (the two most extensive land uses in in the Ozarks), but is is not distributed evenly across the the area. Ozark The Plateaus. eastern The and eastern extreme and southern extreme parts southern of the parts Ozarks of are the primarily Ozark Plateaus forested, are primarily while forested, agricultural while land agricultural is most common land is most in other common areas. in other areas. • Much of of the agricultural land is is pastureland associated with production of of poultry and cattle. • Lead and zinc mining occurs or or has occurred in in some areas. • Large urban areas are not common and only four cities have populations exceeding 25,000 (1990 census). However, even small urban areas can affect water quality. What differences in in water quality can result from these land use

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