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Posted Wed Oct 19 2011: from Huffington Post:
Texas Gulf Coast Sees Largest Algae Bloom In Years
Historic drought conditions are fueling the largest algae bloom in more than a decade along the Texas Gulf Coast, killing fish, sparking warnings about beach conditions and making throats scratchy, researchers said Monday. The extent of the so-called red tide bloom came as no surprise to biologists because the microscopic algae love warm, salty water. Since March, Texas has recorded seven of the 10 driest months in 116 years, so scientists had anticipated a red tide.... The geographic scope of this red tide - affecting areas from Galveston to South Padre Island - is the largest since 2000, Byrd said from her office in Victoria. A variety of dead fish have been reported washing up in places since last month - including a 6-foot tarpon on Padre Island this weekend, but so far this bloom hasn't produced a fish kill as severe as others, Byrd said.
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