Lava Flow Causes Algae Bloom Seen from Space

THE BIG ISLAND (Ben Caxton) — An algae bloom off the Big Island big enough that it was seen from space in 2018 was caused by lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano scientists concluded in a scientific paper published Thursday. The green water seen on NASA satellite images appeared at the same location the lava was flowing into the sea. Researchers from Hawaii and California studying the phenomenon said the phytoplankton bloom, which was more than 100 miles long and 20 miles wide was caused by higher levels of nutrients in the water released by the lava heating up deep water where the nutrients normally reside.

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