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Harmful Algal Blooms
Harmful Algal Blooms
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Title: Harmful Algal Blooms

Description: You may notice a green, red or brown film on your favorite boating or swimming area in the summer. This coloring could mean that the water is affected by harmful algal blooms. Harmful algal blooms are an accumulation of tiny organisms known as algae and can release harmful toxins into the environment. Pictured is Microcystis aeruginosa under a microscope. This organism is a common bloom formed in many lakes and streams.

Location: USA

Photographer: Dr. Barry H. Rosen
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Photographer Organization: U.S. Geological Survey

Usage: This image is public domain/of free use unless otherwise stated. Please refer to the USGS Copyright section for how to credit the photo.


Learn more about harmful algal blooms in USGS CoreCast episode 129.

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