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Friday, July 5, 2013

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Chinese Beaches Hit by Invading Algae

The seas off China have been hit by the largest ever growth of algae. The vast swath of green growth is washing onto the shores of the Yellow Sea, near the eastern city of Qingdao, where bulldozers shoveled up tons of algae from the sand.

The State Oceanic Administration said on its website that the algae, enteromorpha prolifera, started to appear a week ago and had spread across an area of 28,900 square kilometers. Two years ago, a 410-square-km patch of algae floated into the city’s beaches. Shandong suffered severe green algae invasions in 2007, 2008 and 2010 that decimated its aquaculture and cost millions of yuan in damage. The previous largest bloom was in 2008 when it affected around 13,000 square kilometers, and threatened the Olympic sailing events that were held in Qingdao’s waters.


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