Wednesday, July 6, 2016

You can now see Florida's gross algae problem from space

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 4:09 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA
  • Photo courtesy of NASA
Florida's truly disgusting algae problem has escalated to the point that you can now spot the growing mass from space.

Nasa's Landsat 8 satellite captured the picture of Lake Okeechobee above on July 2. As you can see, the blue-green algae bloom has spread to the point that it now covers a good portion of the lake. 

Algae blooms are common during summertime for Lake Okeechobee, but this most recent outbreak represents a major increase in the amount generated.

The blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, contain toxins that are highly dangerous to humans. Ingestion may cause nausea, vomiting, and liver failure. 

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