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Changes imperil Gulf of Maine’s food chain

Increased rainfall in New England over recent years has sent a surge of sediment into the Gulf of Maine, producing a vast, cloudy film across much of the ocean that threatens the microscopic, single-celled plants that form the foundation of the marine food chain, according to a new study.

Researchers at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine and the US Geological Survey found significant changes in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, which they linked to record rains in the past seven years in Maine and the resulting greater volumes of water from local rivers.

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