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Old 07-07-2019, 07:57 PM   #1
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Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, GASB, 2018-19

"Researchers have identified the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, according to a study published in the journal Science.

The bloom—which has been dubbed the "Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt" (GASB)—is so vast that it stretches for around 5,500 miles from the coast of West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico, an international team of scientists said. Consisting primarily of sargassum—a type of brown seaweed—the GASB weighs a staggering 20 million tons."

"We started this research because many coastal areas near the Caribbean Sea and West Africa have been experiencing severe Sargassum beaching events since 2011. Our knowledge on many important questions—such as where the Sargassum comes from, how much there is and can we predict the blooms—is extremely limited," Wang told Newsweek."

"Sargassum floats on the surface of the ocean in large congregations which attract marine animals, such as fish, birds and turtles, as well as producing oxygen via photosynthesis.

"In the open ocean, Sargassum provides an essential habitat and refuge for all sorts of marine animals," Wang said.

However, too much Sargassum can cause ecological and economic problems, particularly when large clumps wash ashore—as has been occurring with more frequency around Atlantic and Caribbean coastlines over the past decade or so."

"The analysis revealed the vast extent of the GASB as of June 2018, while also indicating that the phenomenon was likely linked to discharges of nutrients from the Amazon River into the Atlantic.

Before this study, it has been assumed that Sargassum mainly lives in the Sargasso Sea and Gulf of Mexico," Wang said. "This is the first study to show the recurrent pattern of the GASB covering such a large spatial area across the tropical Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico."

https://www.newsweek.com/world-large...mexico-1447391
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I will say it is a good thing since it harbors such a vast amount of marine life.
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