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September 15th, 2018, 12:02 pm
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AsphaltEvidence September 7th, 2018, 9:37 pm
Oh boy a list of sources
here we go:

https://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife/topics/deadzone/index.html

https://www.fondriest.com/environmental-measurements/parameters/water-quality/algae-ph ytoplankton-chlorophyll/

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/06/source-of-half-earth-s-oxygen-gets-li ttle-credit/

https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/eutrophication-causes-consequences-a nd-controls-in-aquatic-102364466

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/eutrophication.html

https://serc.carleton.edu/details/images/5430.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algal_bloom#/media/File:Toxic_Algae_Bloom_in_Lake_Erie.j pg

There's no way I'm gonna put all of this into APA citation form or anything. Just click the links if you're interested.
If they're broken in some way or another, just copy and paste them. Make sure to remove those annoying spaces that somehow managed to sneak in there.
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VadanDrumist September 15th, 2018, 12:36 pm
The real question is: How is it fixed?
eekee September 15th, 2018, 3:01 pm
@VadanDrumist: Cue robot saying, "DESTROY ALL HUMANS!" XD (It's possible I read too many webcomics *and* watched too much TV when I was little.)
SkyOfTwilight September 16th, 2018, 7:56 am
@eekee: G I A N T R O B O T
eekee September 17th, 2018, 5:11 am
@SkyOfTwilight: Y E S ! : D
r-o-o-t-w-o-o-d October 4th, 2018, 7:19 am
@eekee: humans are the worst
AsphaltEvidence September 15th, 2018, 11:37 pm
@VadanDrumist: Thank you so much for asking! The solutions to this really depend on a lot of different factors. Since eutrophication has many different causes, such as over-fertilization, improper sewage removal, and acid rain, it would be incredibly difficult for only a single person to solve it themselves. In this case, environmental policies would probably be the best way to limit eutrophication, since many of the main causes are anthropogenic in nature.

For example, over-fertilization occurs when farmers simply apply far too much fertilizer to their fields. When it rains, the runoff carries huge amounts of the nutrients down the watersheds and into the nearby lakes, rivers, and oceans. Since fertilizer contains many of the necessary nutrients for growth, namely nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in conveniently fixed forms, algae could easily benefit from it and quickly create an algal bloom.

Sewage dumping also leaves massive amounts of nutrients in the water and could easily be stopped if the right policies were created. Acid rains are often caused by coal power plants, which release nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide into the air. These react with water vapor and other stuff to create acidic compounds, thus becoming acid rain.

Simply put, the average consumer/reader could probably help by writing to their representative and making them aware of these issues and what they mean for our environment. You could also try to educate yourself about these issues and perhaps share your thoughts with other people, making sure that you raise awareness of this stuff in a meaningful way.

But I'm not a teacher or anything. I'm not your mom or anybody important. I can't really make you do this stuff. And you don't really have to do it. Just know that every little bit helps, even just telling a friend about what eutrophication means.

If anybody reading this is interested, here's some extra readings/lesson stuff that might be a bit educational. I just found them with quick Google searches just now.

http://butane.chem.uiuc.edu/pshapley/Enlist/Labs/AcidRain2/index.html

https://wriorg.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/pdf/eutrophication_policies_actions_and_st rategies.pdf

I'm 90% sure that at least one of these links will be broken. Just copy and paste them then remove the extraneous space from the url.
VadanDrumist September 16th, 2018, 12:07 am
@AsphaltEvidence: “Thank you so much for asking!” if this were a comic this would be the part where you’re text takes up the entire background, and a single thought bubble of ‘oh god what have I done’ appears connected off panel.
wergler99 September 16th, 2018, 11:45 am
@AsphaltEvidence: Cool! Thanks so much for linking all these great resources!
AsphaltEvidence September 16th, 2018, 8:21 pm
@wergler99: Thank you very much for supporting us and reading through all this stuff I wrote!
RandomEgg September 16th, 2018, 3:30 pm
@AsphaltEvidence: oh wow. am I the only one who actually read this whole thing?
AsphaltEvidence September 16th, 2018, 8:22 pm
@RandomEgg: Thank you for reading it! I'm glad you were interested enough to slog through that wall of text!
RandomEgg September 17th, 2018, 8:26 pm
@AsphaltEvidence: i'm a bit of a hardcore science (and anime and music and video games) nerd, so ...
RandomEgg September 17th, 2018, 8:26 pm
@RandomEgg: what was the point of that last comment
mrjacob77 September 15th, 2018, 12:40 pm
Cool filler! I remember on a few vacations to Puerto Rico going swimming in small areas of bioluminescent bacteria. It's super cool since they light up only when disturbed by movement.
Dragoonfliy September 15th, 2018, 1:27 pm
A wonderful, beautiful crash course on environmental science, bless you.
AsphaltEvidence September 16th, 2018, 8:23 pm
@Dragoonfliy: Thank you for your kind words and thank you very much for reading!
Rocatex September 15th, 2018, 1:33 pm
SCIENCE!
eekee September 15th, 2018, 2:59 pm
Good filler :)
Captain Ghost September 15th, 2018, 3:39 pm
This was a fun (and pretty!) read! Thanks for taking the time ^^
AsphaltEvidence September 16th, 2018, 8:24 pm
@Captain Ghost: Thanks for reading! Our next chapter begins next week!
r-o-o-t-w-o-o-d October 4th, 2018, 7:18 am
Thanks for the info - I enjoyed the non-fiction documentary style filler
Guest Who (Guest) October 4th, 2018, 7:34 am
Hail Science!