A **point source of pollution** is a single identifiable *localized* source of air, water, thermal, noise or light pollution. A point source has negligible extent, distinguishing it from other pollution source geometries. The sources are called *point sources* because in mathematical modeling, they can be approximated as a mathematical point to simplify analysis. Water pollution from an oil refinery wastewater discharge outlet is an example of point source water pollution.

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