algal bloom

noun
bloom1 ( def 13 ).
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Though a natural phenomenon, the algal bloom was exacerbated by last year's heavy spring runoff.
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Scientists use the term harmful algal bloom to describe an algal bloom that can have a negative impact on the environment.
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