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Algal Blooms in China

 Qingdao for the sixth year running is besieged by an algal bloom twice the size of LA. The cause is the macroalgae Ulva profilera but not everyone it seems has a dislike of algal blooms. As can be seen in the article from the Los Angeles Times (link) people are still taking to the seaweed dense water. This form of seaweed is eaten China and is know as hutia and some 2440 people are being employed to remove it from the beaches and water. This type of seaweed if left to rot not only starts to gets very smelly but also forms the toxic gas hydrogen sulfide.

This is seaweed belongs to the same species which blooms of the Brittany coast every year in France. In 2009 the rotting seaweed was responsible for the death of a horse.

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