By Scáthach, Staff News Writer
Fires, floods and algae converge to showcase nature at its most exotic - a lake that glows in the dark.
Fires that started in December 2006 in the mountainous region of Victoria burned the catchment area of Gippsland Lake and other lakes in the surrounding area then massive flooding in 2007 washed ash from the fires along with soil rich in nitrogen into the lakes. When the temperatures warmed up the following summer blue-green algae appeared in the water, but it was different than any other that had appeared before: a new species of algae that glows in the dark appeared - Noctiluca scintillans.
"In contrast to the widespread bright green of the Synechococcus, Noctiluca Scintillans was visible during the day as localised murky red patches, often building up on sections of shoreline facing the wind during the day."
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Source: Daily Mail
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