Thursday, July 28, 2011

Green Beach Party

Da ich mich gerade auf eine oder mehrere Beach Parties in Griechenland mental vorbereite, hier mal eine Alternative zu kristallklarem Wasser, Sonnenuntergang und den ganzen Krams - ab nach China ins grüne Meer! Klingt eigentlich ganz lustig, wenn es nicht so traurig wäre, denn dieses Meer ist bereits unmgekippt (s.u.).

Preparing for my own beach parties in Greece, I just found this nice alternative in China - isn't it called the yellow sea? :-)

Beachgoers in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, were met with a fuzzy, green blanket of ocean last week, as the water there exploded with algae.
You’ve heard before about dead zones. These are patches of coastal ocean where river runoff full of fertilizer chemicals have produced massive algae blooms. As the algae die, their decomposition reduces the oxygen level of the water to the point that many fish and other aquatic life can no longer live there.
This is what a dead zone looks like, just before the death.
It’s worth noting, when I pulled this photo out of the Reuters files, I could see similar shots, taken on the same beach, in 2010, 2009, and 2008. This isn’t a fluke. It’s an endemic problem.
via boingboing
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