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University of Tennessee Team Receives NSF Support to Study Toxic Water in China
August 28, 2012
More than 12 million Chinese rely on Lake Taihu for drinking water, but about 20 years ago, the once pristine lake turned pea green. It had become overrun with toxic, blue-green algae which can damage the liver, intestines and nervous system.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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