Gallery: Study Warns That Lake Erie May Experience More Massive Algae B...

 

Everyone could sigh a breath of relief if the 2011 toxic algae bloom that engulfed 2,000 square miles of Lake Erie had been an isolated event, but sadly that is not the case. Researchers from the University of Michigan and eight other research institutions have put together a paper published in the online journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which shows that a confluence of complicated factors contributed to the bright green algae bloom that peaked in October, 2011. Among them are agricultural practices that produce an increase in phosphorous runoff and changing weather related to climate change, both of which are probably here to stay.

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