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Algae bloom can be seen from space

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 19:38

London: Snow blown off the Antarctica into the nearby ocean is believed to have caused a field of bright green algae that is so large it is visible from space, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The bloom, which is about 200 km wide and 100 km long, has been described by scientists as a "remarkable" occurrence that is the largest growth in living memory.

It has caused a feeding frenzy for krill, plankton and animals that feed on the fish such as penguins, seals and whales.

Australian scientists spotted the field in satellite pictures and believe the growth has been caused by a build-up of iron, most likely caused by snow that blew into the waters.


First Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 19:38

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