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University of Tennessee Team Receives NSF Support to Study Toxic Water in China

August 28, 2012

blue-green alga blooms in Lake Taihu 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. Full Story

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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