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NOAA-ALGAL BLOOMS

NOAA-ALGAL BLOOMS

Naturally occurring microscopic algae, called phytoplankton, are common in coastal waters. Though phytoplankton are small, they can grow explosively, creating something called a "bloom". In many blooms, these organisms can be so numerous and concentrated that they color the water red, hence the term "red tides". An intense bloom can produce harmful impacts on marine ecosystems. For example, when masses of algae die and decompose, they can...

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