NASA features Lake Okeechobee algae bloom in image of the day

NASA’s Earth Observatory featured the Lake Okeechobee algae bloom in its image of the day today.

The image, taken July 2 by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8 satellite, shows two photos of Lake Okeechobee, with a close up of the algae bloom near the St. Lucie Canal.

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“Algae blooms are a regular phenomenon in Lake Okeechobee during the summertime,” NASA writes. “Pollution, such as runoff from farms, and lake water that warms through the summer, create an environment favorable for growth. This year the bloom grew large early in the season and it affected more people than usual, showing up far beyond the confines of the lakeshore.”

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