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Press Release 13-057

Extreme Algae Blooms: The New Normal?

Record-breaking bloom in Lake Erie triggered by 'perfect storm' of events

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A dead fish suffocated by algae washed ashore near Lake Erie, Ontario

Fish suffocated in the Lake Erie algae bloom of August 2011, near Pelee Island, Ontario.

Credit: Tom Archer


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Map showing lake Erie algae bloom in September 2011

Lake Erie algae bloom in September 2011, covering the lake's entire western basin.

Credit: Michigan Sea Grant


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Glass of  green water from Lake Erie during the algae bloom.

Cup of fouled water, scooped from Lake Erie during the algae bloom.

Credit: Tom Bridgeman


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Photo of the Lake Erie shore with algae bloom in 2011

The 2011 Lake Erie algae bloom resulted from record-breaking nutrient loads.

Credit: Todd Crail


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Algae wash ashore in waves on Lake Erie's shore.

Algae wash ashore in waves on Lake Erie's southeastern shore.

Credit: Tom Archer


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Researcher With shovel knee deep in an algae accumulation along Lake Erie

Researcher amid an algae accumulation along Lake Erie's southwestern shoreline.

Credit: David Hartson


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