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Scientists Link Toxic Algae to Warm Water

In the northern hemisphere's winter of 2013-2014 an unusual patch of warm water appeared in the northern Pacific ocean. Scientists dubbed it "the blob" and it persisted over the region until this year. At its largest, the blob was about 1,600 kilometers long, 1,600 km wide and 91 meters deep, and temperatures averaged about 2 degrees Celsius above normal. A Deadly Warmth The problem was that warm water carries a lot less nutrients than cold water and the practical...

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