Sunday, July 21, 2024

This Year’s Atlantic Seaweed Bloom Is The Biggest On Record

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This past March, scientists found that the amount of a floating brown seaweed known as Sargassum was the largest of any on record for that month.

The Sargassum stretched from Africa’s west coast to the Gulf of Mexico and is known as the “Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt.”

The bloom has developed nearly every spring and summer since 2011, according to NASA.

Researchers from the University of South Florida measured last March’s Sargassum belt to be around 13 million tons.

Brian Barnes, a marine scientist at the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at USF, said:

“So far this year, record high Sargassum abundance is mostly in the central East Atlantic. But in other parts of the Atlantic and Caribbean, its abundance is still high—in the 75th percentile of measurements made between 2011 and 2022.”

Check out the whole story on NASA’s website.

 

SourceNASA
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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