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New research finds that dust in atmosphere is feeding algae in mountain lakes

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S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University

Agricultural Dust


Dust from the atmosphere acts like a fertilizer for algae, broadening its growth tolerance. Microscopic algae are the foundation of freshwater systems, but recent shifts from climate-change stressors are changing the way they grow, according to recent research.

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Credit: Patrick Strong

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