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Effect of DDT on thinning of eggs in falcons

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The banned pesticide DDT has been identified as the cause of thin egg shells produced by Peregrine falcons. What chemical process did DDT disrupt? Explain your answer.

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Problem: The banned pesticide DDT has been identified as the cause of thin egg shells produced by Peregrine falcons. What chemical process did DDT disrupt? Explain your answer.

Solution:
DDT is a chlorohydrocarbon which is used as a pesticide. Its chemical name is dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. Since it causes more bad effects that good effects it is used only in the cases where there is no alternative. In fact it was banned in 1960s and is very rarely used. The answer to the present ...

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An description of thinning of egg shells in Peregrine falcons by DDT is given in this posting in 200-300 words.Chemically it is thought that DDT inhibits the prodution of carbonic anhydrase. It is an enzyme which catalyses the production of carbonates and egg shells are made up of carbonates

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