It seems that by almost every action we take to “improve” our lives we feed the beast that is the destroyer of worlds. I see the same thing happen here in Florida after a heavy rain, all the fertilizers that people insist on using to create a green lawn is washed into our water system and we have an algae bloom. But thankfully not as bad as this, for now.
A Chinese man walks along a Qingdao beach completely blanketed by algae on June 29.
Thick Enteromorpha algae blooms block the small amounts of sunlight that reach deeper-dwelling marine life. And when the algae die, their remains are broken down by fungi and bacteria that suck up oxygen, creating ocean dead zones, Morton explained.
An algal bloom is a feast for the microscopic decomposers, and the dead zones can persist for months as a result.
Local authorities and residents in the popular tourist destination have been struggling over the summer to remove a large mass of green algae that has washed ashore. As of late June, the algae bloom—or “green tide”—covered more than 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) of coasts south of Qingdao.
The algae blanketing the city’s beaches belongs to a species of marine plankton known as Enteromorpha prolifera. The algae can be found in waters all around the world, and can explode in so-called macro-algal blooms if conditions are right, said Steve Morton, a marine biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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