Australia Bushfires And The Threat to Drinking Water, Ecosystems

14 Jan 2020 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
SYDNEY, Australia

Devastating ongoing bushfires in Australia threaten to wreak havoc on water resources as ecologists warn that resultant algae blossoms threaten freshwater ecosystems and diminish the quality of drinking water. Australian wildfires have burned as much as 26 Million acres of land.Burned catchment areas are increasing the level of mercury in lakes and water reserves as burnt sediment is now travelling into them. Also, due to algae forming on water surfaces, deoxygenation is now making iron and manganese more soluble which is making drinking water taste bad. Furthermore, bushfire ash contains nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous which stimulate the growth of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)...

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