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Algae Bloom Spells Doom for Water

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

Huge ribbons of algae blooms have appeared in lower Chesapeake Bay, the result of a scorching summer and recent rains.

Ribbons of cranberry colored algae stretching for miles have been reported from Mathews County south to Norfolk, appearing on beaches in Newport News.

The problem is that all of that algae is going to die.

Bacteria are going to then feast on it, and consume oxygen as they do.

The result is that the bay gets vast dead zones where fish and crabs and all sorts of other things struggle to breath and can die themselves.

The blooms are fed by excess nitrogen and phosphorous pollution from cities and farms.

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