MicrobeWorld App

appsquarebannerad200x200

Microbes After Hours

WaterSupplyYouTubeFrame

Click for more "Microbes After Hours" videos

Join MicrobeWorld

Subscribe via Email

subscribe

Featured Image

Featured Video

Ebola Virus explained

Supporters

ASM House 200X200

The Alaska Ocean Blob Mystery Revealed - It's an Algal Bloom

Image
Several media outlets from Time Magazine to local Alaska papers have confirmed that the 15 mile long organic blob floating in the Chukchi Sea, the waters between Alaska and Siberia, is indeed an algal bloom. But how common are algal blooms so high up in the northern hemisphere? Apparently, if the conditions are right, nutrients, temperatures, currents, etc., they can form. In fact, a quick google search uncovered a paper (pdf) by R. Gradinger from the Institut fur Polarokologie in Germany that describes an algal bloom under arctic pack ice. To get an idea of the magnitude of the Curkchi Sea algal bloom watch the YouTube Video below:












And, for entertainment purposes only, here's the original trailer for the 1958 movie The Blob starring Steve McQueen.













 
 

Comments (0)

Collections (0)

 

American Society for Microbiology
2012 1752 N Street, N.W. • Washington, DC 20036-2904 • (202) 737-3600
American Society For Microbiology © 2014   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Use