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‘The blob,’ food supply squeeze to blame for largest seabird die-off

‘The blob,’ food supply squeeze to blame for largest seabird die-off

When nearly one million common murres died at sea and washed ashore from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, it was unprecedented. Scientists from the University of Washington, the U.S. Geological Survey and others blame an unexpected squeeze on the ecosystem’s food supply, brought on by a severe and long-lasting marine heat wave known as “the blob.”

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UW professors and students are studying how arsenic ended up in nearby lakes — and how it affects the food web far into the future

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