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Researchers look into Lake Superior algae bloomSubmitted: 08/15/2018
Researchers look into Lake Superior algae bloom
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DULUTH - Scientists are investigating an unprecedented algae bloom in Lake Superior and have sent samples for lab testing to determine if it's toxic.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that kayakers and other visitors to the popular lakeshores along eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin found green scummy algae last week on Lake Superior's surface.

Robert Sterner directs the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He says the bloom has largely dissipated but reports suggest it stretched 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) along the shoreline from near Superior, Wisconsin, to the Apostle Islands.

Blue-green algae blooms have become more common in other U.S. lakes and rivers . Scientists say the increase is partly because of warming water temperatures.

Researchers expect to know by the end of the week whether the bloom was toxic.

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