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Monster algal bloom spotted in Antarctica

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Snow blown into the Antarctic Ocean from the frozen continent has triggered an algal bloom so large and so vividly green it can be seen from space, media reports said Monday.

The bloom, captured by Australian scientists monitoring a NASA satellite 650 kilometres above the earth, is about 100 kilometres north-to-south and 200 kilometres wide.

The snow contains minute quantities or iron that stimulates the growth of nutrients.

University of Tasmania glaciologist Mark Curran said the monster bloom had sparked a food chain starting with krill and plankton and going all the way up to seals and whales

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http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2012/03/05/monster-algal-bloom-spotted-in-antarctica

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"They die off, things like bacteria comes through there and feeds on the material and then the material eventually will sink to the bottom of the ocean - anything that hasn't been consumed by predators higher up the food chain," he said.

the organism will have lots to eat then...

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from the article....

"They die off, things like bacteria comes through there and feeds on the material and then the material eventually will sink to the bottom of the ocean - anything that hasn't been consumed by predators higher up the food chain," he said.

the organism will have lots to eat then...

Ugh....Hmmmm....knew I should have looked here first and that Acolyte would already be all over it /grin.  I started a thread in the BEZERK forum as it seemed to be of interest but didnt realize that it was already started here.  http://www.hainanwel.com/en/unusual-world/1591-antarctica-algal-bloom.html

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