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Ocean phytoplankton decreases change marine ecosystems worldwide

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been collecting data on phytoplankton blooms using satellite imagery. "Inclusion of satellite data into this kind of biogeochemical modeling is really exciting," NASA scientist Jeremy Werdell said, according to United Press International. The satellite images illustrate that the most common phytoplankton, called diatoms, have decreased approximately 1 percent … Continue reading Ocean phytoplankton decreases change marine ecosystems worldwide

Great Lakes aquatic ecology preservation and why it matters

The Great Lakes are made up of lakes Erie, Ontario, Huron, Michigan and Superior, which were created by melting glaciers during the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago. The Great Lakes are vitally important to aquatic ecology, as they represent 21 percent of the world's surface freshwater. The health and welfare of the Great … Continue reading Great Lakes aquatic ecology preservation and why it matters

Toxic algae in Toledo’s drinking water becomes dangerous

Lake Erie's water intake crib, known historically as the "Fortress in the Lake," was an engineering feat first recognized in 1941, according to the Toledo Blade. The project cost the city only $9.88 million and took four years to build. The crib intake system was originally designed to work for 60 years. However, it is … Continue reading Toxic algae in Toledo’s drinking water becomes dangerous

California’s drought, El Niño and aquatic ecology

For the last four years, California has experienced one of the most severe droughts ever recorded. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January to prepare for the statewide water shortages and put firm conservation procedures into effect. According to a study published in the British journal Nature Climate Change, the snowpack in the … Continue reading California’s drought, El Niño and aquatic ecology