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July 25th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Thick, green algae covers 200 square miles of Yellow Sea

Almost 200 square miles (500 square kilometers) of the Yellow Sea off China are covered by a massive bloom of green algae, according to a report from China's Xinhua news service.

The bloom has spread to almost 7,400 square miles (19,050 square kilometers) in total and is expected to grow, Xinhua reported, citing the North China Sea Marine Forecasting Center of State Oceanic Administration.

The algae bloom threatens marine life as it sucks oxygen from the water although the algae itself is not poisonous, according to the Xinhua report.

Researchers don't know what causes the massive algae blooms, first seen in the Yellow Sea in 2007.

Tons of the green algae had to be removed in 2008 to make way for sailing events at the Summer Olympics.

"We don't know where it originated and why it's suddenly growing so rapidly," Bao Xianwen from the Qingdao-based Ocean University of China, told the China Daily earlier this month. "It must have something to do with the change in the environment, but we are not scientifically sure of the reasons."

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  1. John

    looks delicious

    July 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Abdul

    "Made in China"

    July 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. denise

    OMG they swim in that!!!!!!!! Not enough Purell for me

    July 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anon

    That could make enough BIO fuel to last years! Its mother earth trying to tell us to get away from crude oil.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      the conversion is terrible, it produces about 90% algee meal and 10% oil for biofuel. The meal maybe high protien, but you will need to get the animals to eat it for that to be economic.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LENZ

    A lot of answers here (or should I say more questions here??):
    "But what blue-jean clad consumers everywhere probably don’t realize is the process by which denim is made may be poisoning China’s water supply."
    "The Pearl River has sustained Chinese civilization for ages, but over the last few decades, civilization has not been kind to the river. It has become a dumping ground for debris, floating among massive algae blooms and even pig carcasses. Agricultural runoff is one of the river’s biggest threats, next to industrial pollution."
    Google JUST water pollution in China and you'll think twice about the products you purchase/consume!!

    July 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      i already pay 250 dollars plus for my jeans. I do not want to pay anymore. even if they dont have clean water I dont care.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. surely496

    There is so much stuff running from the rivers and water areas into the ocean from China, soon the whole coastal area will be covered with algae. Our oceans have become the septic tanks of the world and will become huge mudholes if we don't do something. we should remember one third of our oxygen comes from the life in the sea.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JIM

    FIRST!!! I am the First!

    July 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Since teh folks in China Eats things if they walk swim or fly – I can see them workign on some new fancy dish for this Algae Bloom that will feed the population. Hell, they can eat deadly fish – this should be a breeze for those that wants to eat.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      i like global warming, hope its gets even warmer

      July 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ed Shultz


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    July 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      yes they are the best ones. I hope I can move from millionaire to billionaire, but I have a long way to go.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Virgin Isles

    Wonder if anyone has checked the nitrate levels in the water. China isn't the only place extraordinary algal blooms occur...eventually tied to poor water quality due to pollution, over development, and human interference in the natural flow of the water.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Neil

    Likely caused by eutrophication...additional nutrients added to the water, algae use carbon nutrients and reproduce at remarkably high rates; water becomes anoxic; marine life dies.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      seems to make sense to me

      July 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. steve

    Decades of ignoring enviromental standards (since they have none) are going to catch up with china. they can outproduce everyone else because they think productivity before impact. No wonder their economy is groing so fast. Wait until they have no potable water, and can't grow anything. their air quality is already the worst on the planet.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      seriously, who still cars about the enviornment. that was so last decade. jobs it what matters now.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • cadecker

      they will have enough money to buy water and air in biggie

      July 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • lauradet

      I'm surprised they haven't figured out how to incorporate algae into a dish on a menu since they eat almost anything anyway.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Livinglife23

      We must pray to our Father, and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
      and we have to be our brothers keeper. In Love all things are possible. through Jesus christ.
      Jesus Loves all of us,no matter what we have done or doing he still loves us in spite of all our wrong doings.We must let him show us the way to him. that is the way we can start LIVING not just live day to day.Living life with Jesus is better than life living us.

      July 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jesse


    Sorry, couldn't help myself...

    July 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      that's funny! Thanks for the Monday morning laugh.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zappa


      July 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BC

      FUNNY ! Sadly, most on here have no clue what you are talking about.

      July 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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