Algae is blooming across the fast-thawing Antarctic

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Algae is blooming across the fast-thawing Antarctic

Thriving algae blooms are turning the Antarctic green Researchers from Cambridge University and the British Antarctic Survey have, for the first time, mapped the spread of the microscopic green algae growing across the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the fastest-warming areas on the earth. The study, published last month, identifies more than 1,600 rapidly-spreading algae blooms. The study predicts the algae growth will continue to accelerate in coming years as rising temperatures turn ice into slush, which is an ideal habitat for the microscopic flora.  The spreading algae is laying the…

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