Seaweed on Caribbean and US beaches – level 2

10-05-2023 07:00

The beaches in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Florida are getting a lot of seaweed, which is a problem for vacationers.

It’s hard to know which beaches will the seaweed affect the most and how this will impact tourism. Some beaches are better than others at dealing with seaweed. Many hotels are using barriers to keep the seaweed from washing up on the shore, but some still make it through.

A recent report from the University of South Florida’s Optical Oceanography Lab clarified that this is not a massive 8,000-kilometer blob of seaweed, but rather just a larger-than-usual amount of clumps which come from the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt in the Atlantic Ocean.

Difficult words: vacationer (a person who is on vacation away from home), blob (a mass of something), clump (a small group of things close together).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What measures can be taken to reduce the amount of seaweed washing up on shorelines?


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