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Is red algae caused by pollution?

  1. andrew savage profile image60
    andrew savageposted 4 years ago

    Is red algae caused by pollution?

  2. SidKemp profile image96
    SidKempposted 4 years ago

    Red algae is a natural organism, like any other plant. Overgrowths of red algae, called algae blooms, which are deadly to fish, are caused by pollution. The algae thrives in toxic waters harmful to other creatures. These waters end up low in oxygen, and massive die-offs of fish occur.

    So pollution creates an imbalance that includes an excess of red algae. But red algae has its place in nature, like every other creature.

    1. SidKemp profile image96
      SidKempposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      These are also called red tides. They can occur naturally, but are also caused by: excess nutrients (pollution containing protein or carbohydrate); heat pollution; and iron-rich pollution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_tide#Causes

    2. andrew savage profile image60
      andrew savageposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Sid. I suppose that red algae is a genetic mutation, suffice it to say some type of mutation that occurred with the fracturing of its genetic codons, yes?

      DNA is an interesting language.

 
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