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Scientists monitor increase in harmful algae blooms in Chesapeake

Scientists monitor increase in harmful algae blooms in Chesapeake

If spring is here, can algae blooms be far behind? Every year, as flowers bloom and trees leaf out, algae — microscopic plants — begin to flourish in the water. Most algal blooms are innocuous, but some can be harmful, poisoning fish, birds and other animals. Others suffocate fish by depleting the water of oxygen they need to survive, contributing to the "dead zone" that forms every summer in the Chesapeake Bay. A recent study by researchers with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science finds that there have been increases in two of the more common strains of harmful algae that often plague the bay. Though they tend to flare up at different...

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