Black Summer bushfires triggered Southern Ocean algal blooms bigger than Australia

September 17th, 2021

ABC Online, Other, 16/09/2021, Belinda Smith
As Black Summer bushfires devastated huge swathes of south-east Australia, they were seeding new life in the ocean, hundreds of kilometres away. Key points: The Black Summer bushfires burned 1.8 million hectares across south-east Australia in 2019-20 […] At their biggest, the blooms covered an area larger than Australia, according to a study published today in Nature Richard Matear, an oceans and climate scientist with the CSIRO and study co-author, says the work shows how events like bushfires can have profound effects on ecosystems much further afield.

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