The dramatic coloring of Qingshan Lake in Nanchang, Jiangxi province might actually be kind of cool looking if we knew it hadn’t been the result of a gross blue-green algae outbreak in the water.
Qingshan Lake, with an area of over 400 hectares, is one of the largest bodies of water in the city. Due to a swath of blue-green scum that’s taken over its surface, however, the lake appears to have been dyed bright green.
It’s almost like a scene from the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day, but with less drunk people in novelty T-shirts and more dead fish.
The highly visible blooms of algae form in freshwater and marine environments, and can, in some cases, be toxic.
A similar outbreak recently occurred in a Hangzhou river. Environmentalists said that low river velocity along with high temperatures led to the massive swath of slime covering the water. Human fishing activities exacerbated the situation.
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