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The Hunt for Red Water

Magnified image of Myrionecta rubra

Look at all those microscopic red cells. OK. I know what you are thinking. The image is black and white. But let me tell you, those cells aren't and when they are in full bloom they turn the Columbia river estuary red. They are called Myrionecta rubra and - ready for some science jargon - are a neritic, planktonic ciliate. Late in the summer they create impressive non-toxic, red blooms. CMOP is trying to learn if they could be used as an early warning signal for changes in the environment.

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