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Press Release 09-010

"Hot Spot" for Toxic Algal Blooms Discovered Off Washington Coast

Rotating water in Strait of Juan de Fuca harbors populations of toxic algae

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Photo of an algal bloom.

Scientists are discovering why blooms of harmful algae are often seen along the U.S. Northwest Coast.

Credit: NOAA


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Photomicrograph of Pseudo-nitzschia, which  may be responsible for harmful algal blooms.

Microscopic algae such as this Pseudo-nitzschia may be responsible for harmful algal blooms.

Credit: Virginia Armbrust et al., University of Washington


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