Saturday, July 23, 2016

Algae Blooms at Central Marina, Stuart, FL

En route to Boca Raton Museum's All Florida exhibition on Florida's East Coast I made an impromptu visit to the Central Marina. The Stuart Park Coast Guards told me the Marina's lack of water circulation created a holding tank for algae caused by runoff from chemicals used in farming, such as pesticides, that infiltrate the water and change its composition.

The lurid green is beautiful, like a paint pour - an aesthetic prompt  for the alarming reality that to breathe this stuff is toxic in the extreme. Its stench equals formaldehyde in a dissection room.

The algae forms a sticky muck,  untenable for breathing.

Inhabited by bugs and flying creatures.

Stagnation meets fresh water.
The Anthropocene Age must redefine the balance of human presence in nature  as our points of intersection become increasingly synthetic.

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