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“Who likes to water ski on Lake Erie? Wait… where does Dracula like to water ski?” – #MichaelScott
It’s common in the #GreatLakes , but it happens all around the world: why is there so much algae? And why is it “toxic”? On #LakeErie , you hear about it almost every summer. Warm temperatures, toxic algal blooms, and “fish kills.” What the hell is happening? #LakeErie is the shallowest #GreatLake , so it gets warmer more quickly. It also has the most large urban areas on it, like #Detroit , #Cleveland , #Toledo , and #Buffalo , with the rural areas filled in with #farmland . #Farms use fertilizer, which tends to end up in waterways and eventually in the lake. #Cities dump their treated (and sometime untreated) wastewater (i.e. cleaned up poop water) in the nearest body of water. That means a lot of unused nutrients for algae to feed on.
When the weather gets warmer, two things happen: algae starts growing, and the lake water itself separates into two layers. The top, warm layer (~top 5-15 feet) is where the algae grow and is filled with oxygen (yes, oxygen dissolves into water!). When algae grow, they produce oxygen just like plants which dissolves into the warm water. As the algae die, they sink down into the lower, colder layer, decay, and use up the oxygen down there. Since the top and bottom layers don’t mix, oxygen gets used up below and creates a “dead zone” where there’s no oxygen for fish to breathe. That’s why sometimes you have loads of dead fish wash up on the shore.
The warmer the water, the better the environment is for certain types of “toxic” algae. As these algae grows, they produce biotoxins or neurotoxins which as you can tell by the name are probably not gonna be good for you. #Detroit : https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/07/12/harmful-algae-bloom-lake-erie/779473002/ #Lakes : https://iisd.org/ela/blog/commentary/lakes-stratify-turn-explain-science-behind-phenomena/ #Toxins : https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/algal_bloom.htm