Category Archives: Algal bloom

Algal blooms can be dramatic and are a result of excess nutrients occur naturally or induced by human activities in both freshwater and marine (salt) water bodies.

Environmentalists and Farmers Sound Off on Fertilizer Rules Aimed at Stemming Algal Blooms

While there are plenty of jokes that could be made about lawmakers debating a bill about fertilizer, it’s no laughing matter to environmentalists and to farmers. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on a debate over… Continue reading Environmentalists and Farmers Sound Off on Fertilizer Rules Aimed at Stemming Algal Blooms

River Algae Known as Rock Snot Boosted by Climate Change?

Thick algal mats that cover river bottoms are flourishing in our warmer world. Scientists call it Didymosphenia geminata.

But it’s more widely known as “rock snot”—mats of algae carpeting the bottoms of some rivers and lakes—and it’s quickly spreading around the globe, possibly because of climate change, a new study says… Continue reading River Algae Known as Rock Snot Boosted by Climate Change?

Tiny Algae Responsible for Mysterious Fossil Whale Graveyard?

Ever since a highway construction crew in Chile uncovered a fossil graveyard of some 40 prehistoric whales in 2010, with skeletons dating back more than five million years, scientists have wondered why so many giant animals died in one place… Continue reading Tiny Algae Responsible for Mysterious Fossil Whale Graveyard?