Pitcher plants provide tipping point: Researchers use them to identify signs of trouble in lakes

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 08:53 in Earth & Climate

Most of us want to swim in a lake where we can see our toes. Clear, oxygen-rich water supports not only human swimmers, but also intricate webs of animal and microbial life. That life can be disrupted when too many nutrients—from fertilizers, pollution, and other factors—overload the system. In those cases, aquatic ecosystems can cross a tipping point: the nutrients cause algae to bloom, and the extra bacteria eating the extra algae use up all the oxygen in the water. The end result is a murky, green lake that is difficult to restore, despite herculean interventions.

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