Red Tide Hits Narragansett Bay

by Ted Smayda The streaks and patches of rust-red water in Narragansett Bay and some coastal ponds the past month is because of a bloom of the planktonic, micro-alga Cochlodinium polykrikoides, a member of the phytoplankton. The phytoplankton harvest light energy and nutrients, and through their photosynthesis grow and bloom in the sea, serving as the […]

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