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Facts First: Explaining Sargassum

Facts First: Explaining Sargassum

If you’ve walked on the beach at all this year, you know what sargassum looks like. But beyond the unsightliness and the smell, what is really happening here?  What is sargassum? Sargassum is a type of macroalgae that floats at the ocean’s surface. Each stipe (that is, stalk) and frond ...

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Solving Mexico’s rotten seaweed problem

Solving Mexico's rotten seaweed problem

iStock/Solange_Z Mexico’s popular tourist beaches are currently plagued by rotting seaweed, but a new scheme could turn the problem into fertiliser and fuel. Scientist from the University of Exeter are currently working on plans to collect the rotting Sargassum seaweed from Mexico’s beaches using a process called ‘hydrothermal liquefaction’ in ...

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Seaweed is gobbling up Mexican beaches

Seaweed is gobbling up Mexican beaches

Cristina Mittermeier, a marine biologist, photographer and SeaLegacy co-founder, stands on sargassum piled high over the sand on a beach in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.  Sarah Tew/CNET This story is part of Road Trip 2019, profiles of the troublemakers and trailblazers who are designing our future. A seaweed called ...

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