Lake Erie – Toxic Algae Bloom

Microcystis aeruginosa produces a liver toxin, microcystin, that commonly kills dogs swimming in infected water and causes skin irritation for people… rain and melting snow ran off fields, yards, and paved surfaces, carrying an array of pollutants into streams and rivers—including phosphorus from fertilizers. More rain and runoff resulted in more phosphorus, and as in earlier decades, that nutrient nourished the algae in the lake.

(Via NASA.)

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About Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.


  1. Not a good place for wild swimming, then.