Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Green Tides

An algae bloom has clogged 7,700 square miles of the Yellow Sea off the coast of Qingdao, China. A species of marine plankton called Enteromorpha Prolifera can explode into macro blooms given the right conditions. Warm water temperatures coupled with water rich in phosphorus and nitrogen create the massive blooms. Fertilizer runoff from farms is what sparked this bloom.

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