The Bad ...


Harmful Algal Blooms


​Freshwater algal blooms are the result of an excess of nutrients, particularly some phosphates. The excess of nutrients may originate from fertilizers that are applied to land for agricultural or recreational purposes. They may also originate from household cleaning products containing phosphorus.  These nutrients can then enter watersheds through water runoff.

When phosphates are introduced into water systems, higher concentrations cause increased growth of algae and plants. Algae tend to grow very quickly under high nutrient availability, but each alga is short-lived, and the result is a high concentration of dead organic matter which starts to decay. The decay process consumes dissolved oxygen in the water, resulting in hypoxic conditions. Without sufficient dissolved oxygen in the water, animals and plants may die off in large numbers.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algal_bloom#Freshwater_algal_blooms

And The Beautiful ...

The Good ...


​Cleaning Wastewater With Pond Scum


"Our wastewater is actually the perfect environment for algae and bacteria to thrive in a symbiotic circle of life," said Jacob Price a doctoral researcher in Sales's lab. "Nitrate is a common ingredient in fertilizers. Plants use it, along with carbon dioxide and light, through the process of photosynthesis and carbon fixation, to fuel growth. A byproduct of photosynthesis is oxygen, which is used by organisms—like bacteria—for their commensurate life processes. It's a beautifully natural relationship that we can harness to clean our water."


https://phys.org/news/2016-01-wastewater-pond-scum.html


From the mountain called La Serrania de la Macarena in Colombia, originates the world’s most beautiful river, the Cano Cristales.  For most of the year Cano Cristales is just like any other river.  Normally we see a crystal clear current of water flowing above a bed of rocks covered with green mosses.  For a brief period of time every year (September to November) the river's water levels dip and the sun's rays provide enough light for the moss to bloom.  It is transformed into a bed of vibrant colors like red, blue , yellow , orange and green. This spectacular natural wonder is also called as the “River of Five Colors” or the “Liquid Rainbow”

Initially people thought that the colors came from the algae and the moss growing below the water. The real reason is Macarenia clavigera, a unique species of plant that grows on the river floor. This plant requires precise conditions the right level of water and specific amount of sunlight and it turns brilliant red. These brilliant red plants cling to the black rocks. The green algae, blue water and yellow sand together produce a rainbow effect. Macarenia clavigera most commonly turn red or into different shades of red from blood red to maroon. They are sometimes light pink sometimes bright pink. The plant is also seen in different colors like bright green, blue, yellow and orange as well giving the river a magnificent effect.


http://mysteriousfacts.com/the-river-that-ran-away-from-paradise-cano-cristales/

LAKE ERIE

One more thing ​​before you go, check out this Weather Channel video ...

   

The photosynthetic pigments in the algal cells determine the color of the algal bloom, and are thus  often a

greenish color, but they can also be a wide variety of other colors such as yellow, brown , red or pink, 

depending on the environment  where they live and the species and type of pigments they contain.


   

ALGAE  

Often disregarded as "pond scum," algae gets a bad rap. Indeed, they might be the most underappreciated

of life forms (if only they weren't such a nuisance to property and our health).  

In fact, algae are primary producers of organic matter at the base of the food chain and as such,

life as we know it probably wouldn't exist without them. 

While most algae are microscopic, when they amass they are among nature's grandest spectacles.


            Fly Geyser - Reno, NV

This geyser is only a 2.5 hour drive from Reno, Nevada. It was accidentally created when a well was drilled by accident. The mountain was created by minerals and algae that began to accumulate on the surface.


For more interesting information on algae:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly_Geyser


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                  Torrevieja, Spain​        

Two salt lakes are very pink due to algae that release a red pigment in certain metatheological conditions. The microclimate created the largest salt lakes in Europe in the cities of Torrevieja, Spain.  Pink salt lakes of Torrevieja, are caused by the presence of salt-loving archaea - halobacteria genus Halobacterium, as well as a single living organism on the planet Earth can exist in water with a high concentration of salt - Dunaliella salina algae Dunaliella green saltwater.

https://www.spain-holiday.com/Alicante-province/articles/alicantes-pink-and-green-salt-lakes

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We encourage everyone that is searching for a cleaning and restoration contractor to take a hard look at

what we do, how we do it, and the many ways your property will benefit from our

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On behalf of all the staff at House Shampoo, I would like to thank you for checking us out.  

We look forward to earning your business and becoming your dedicated cleaning and restoration contractor.  


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Let's not forget aboout the moss ...

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     Algae & Moss - The Good, The Bad, & The Beautiful In Nature

​The most magical algal blooms in the world might be those that occur along the southern coast of California, where the shorebreak occasionally glows with an otherworldly majesty. A bioluminescent species of phytoplankton there called Lingulodinium polyedrum emits a neon-blue light in response to stress, causing the waves to light up as they crash.


https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/stories/5-incredible-places-where-the-ocean-glows


​https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_tide

Blue-green algae blooms are caused when excessive amounts of nutrients,

usually from farms, consumer fertilizers, and septic systems, flow into lakes.

During hot dry weather, the algae proliferate and release a type of toxin

known as microcystin, which can cause liver and neurological damage in humans.

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