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Study Blames Rock Snot on Climate Change
A new study suggests rock snot, a species of algae that is infiltrating parts of eastern Canada, is due to global warming and not accidental introductions from humans tromping around.

Outbreaks of didymo have been reported in the United States, New Zealand, Europe and Canada in recent decades, causing policymakers and many scientists to say humans transported the algae. However, discovery of fossilized algae in lake sediments dispute that argument.

One lake studied showed fossilized didymo dating back about 1970, 36 years before the first official reports of an outbreak were recorded in the region. Another lake, which does not contain evidence of didymo, does however; show an increase in other algae species.

 
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