Image of the Day: Where Green Might Not Be Good
Algae need sunlight to grow and there’s typically not enough sunlight underneath Arctic ice to support any algal growth. That’s why researchers from Stanford were so surprised to find a 60-mile wide algal bloom thriving in the frozen sea between Russia and Alaska.
According to an interview from NPR, researchers believe the thinner ice and multiple melt ponds in the region allowed enough light through to feed the algae. There is no doubt that this unusual massive bloom will change the ecosystem, researchers just don’t know if these changes will be good or bad. The lead researcher, Kevin Arrigo, told NPR, “It's really important for us to understand how this earth we live in is going to change in the face of ongoing changes in climate, and other things that are going on.”