Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Gippsland Lakes


Continuing with the theme of at the end of our catchments - the Gippsland Lakes Task Force has launched a campaign to raise the awareness of algal blooms.
A number of different microscopic algae are involved in the algal blooms that have been affecting the Lakes, including several species of dinoflagellates, diatoms and blue-green algae (such as Nodularia, Microcystis and Synechococcus). The different algae thrive in different conditions of nutrient availability (especially nitrogen and phosphorus), salinity, temperature, light and oxygen levels.

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