Algae beach party

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20 Responses to “Algae beach party”

  1. David Wattenbarger says:

    Can we scoop that stuff up and dump into methane digesters?

  2. satn says:

    It’s unfortunate that a bright green species of algae is causing these blooms. The headlines would be much more dire if it were one of the red or brown types.

    • Moriarty says:

      You think so? Seems to me a neon green ocean is no less intuitively disturbing than a red or brown ocean.

      • satn says:

        Well most humans associate that green color with healthy grass, trees etc. It even looks like a lawn.

        Now if it was dark red or brown, that would look a lot less healthy (as it actually is) to most people. 

  3. Snig says:

    Dead zones around the world.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_zone_(ecology)

    Big deal with relatively little media attention. 

    Also, recently an algae bloom tried to eat Jim Inhofe, but spat him out.  Too much crazy. 

  4. > While the algae aren’t toxic, big blooms can create oxygen-poor “dead
    zones” in the water and leave an unpleasant odor on beaches.

    *ahem*

    > oxygen-poor “dead
    zones”

    > unpleasant odor

  5. David Yoon says:

    …and people are swimming in it? Why?!

  6. Brainspore says:

    Why is everyone at that golf course standing in the sand trap?

  7. Blaze Curry says:

    The red dragon is hungry, and eats everything around it. There will NEVER be effective environmental laws in the prc. Because of the aforementioned fact.

  8. ophmarketing says:

    Man…when Chicago dyes the river green for St. Patrick’s Day, they could only HOPE for results like this.

  9. My Murdoch Block won’t let me look at the links. 

    (Funny how both are about endless streams of shit creating dead zones.)

    • Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

      That’s very odd. Because one of the links is to a BoingBoing article, and the other is to National Geographic. Neither of which, to my knowledge, is owned by Rupert Murdoch. 

      I think your Murdoch Block might be borked. 

  10. Guest says:

    Tai ma fan! 

  11. GawainLavers says:

    More than 30 dead wild boars have been found on the coast of north-western France this month amid suspicion of algae poisoning, officials say.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14324094

    In 2009 a horse-rider was rendered unconscious and his mount died after slipping on the algae, apparently after inhaling toxic gas released by the rotting seaweed.

    I think I’ll skip the algae beach party.

  12. euro-kiwi says:

    more likely, though, is that somebody has been having some cute fun with Photoshop

  13. speleothem says:

    The algae were in the news during the ’08 Beijing Olympics when Qingdao was the venue for the Sailing Competition.  Huge quantities had to be gathered up before the races could take place.  I think they ended up composting the algae, and there was talk about making this into an industry of its own.

  14. Tim Waters says:

    It appears that most of the people on the beach are collecting the algae and putting it into white bags. They also have buckets.
    What can it be used for? Fertilizer? Food?

  15. Vermontist says:

    I would have to be on fire before I went in to that algae covered water, and even then I might consider rolling in the sand as an alternative. 

  16. K says:

    As it sucks up all the nitrates and other nutrients from the fertilizer runoff, I wonder if some locals collect it and reuse it as fertilizer. It’s great for gardens. I imagine it would take a massive effort to collect and transport large amounts.

  17. It looks green and happy … are we sure this never happens naturally?

    (Increased biomass is only bad if it leads to a crash.)

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