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What does the algae look like?

The photos below give you an idea of what the algae looks like.

The first photo is an algal mat, like what you might see in the lake.  This mat potentially contains toxic species of algae, such as Phormidium. The second photo shows Phormidium on a slice under a microscope.

 

Algal mat

Photo of algal mat

 

Phormidium

Photo of Phormidium

 

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