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AsphaltEvidence
Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile! I've only got one comic right now so you should probably go look at that instead.
@Captain Ghost: Thanks for reading! Our next chapter begins next week!
@Dragoonfliy: Thank you for your kind words and thank you very much for reading!
@RandomEgg: Thank you for reading it! I'm glad you were interested enough to slog through that wall of text!
@wergler99: Thank you very much for supporting us and reading through all this stuff I wrote!
@VadanDrumist: Thank you so much for asking! The solutions to this really depend on a lot of different factors. Since eutrophication has many different causes, such as over-fertilization, improper sewage removal, and acid rain, it would be incredibly difficult for only a single person to solve it themselves. In this case, environmental policies would probably be the best way to limit eutrophication, since many of the main causes are anthropogenic in nature.

For example, over-fertilization occurs when farmers simply apply far too much fertilizer to their fields. When it rains, the runoff carries huge amounts of the nutrients down the watersheds and into the nearby lakes, rivers, and oceans. Since fertilizer contains many of the necessary nutrients for growth, namely nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in conveniently fixed forms, algae could easily benefit from it and quickly create an algal bloom.

Sewage dumping also leaves massive amounts of nutrients in the water and could easily be stopped if the right policies were created. Acid rains are often caused by coal power plants, which release nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide into the air. These react with water vapor and other stuff to create acidic compounds, thus becoming acid rain.

Simply put, the average consumer/reader could probably help by writing to their representative and making them aware of these issues and what they mean for our environment. You could also try to educate yourself about these issues and perhaps share your thoughts with other people, making sure that you raise awareness of this stuff in a meaningful way.

But I'm not a teacher or anything. I'm not your mom or anybody important. I can't really make you do this stuff. And you don't really have to do it. Just know that every little bit helps, even just telling a friend about what eutrophication means.

If anybody reading this is interested, here's some extra readings/lesson stuff that might be a bit educational. I just found them with quick Google searches just now.

http://butane.chem.uiuc.edu/pshapley/Enlist/Labs/AcidRain2/index.html

https://wriorg.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/pdf/eutrophication_policies_actions_a nd_strategies.pdf

I'm 90% sure that at least one of these links will be broken. Just copy and paste them then remove the extraneous space from the url.
Oh boy a list of sources
here we go:

https://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife/topics/deadzone/index.html

https://www.fondriest.com/environmental-measurements/parameters/water-quality/alg ae-phytoplankton-chlorophyll/

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/06/source-of-half-earth-s-oxygen-ge ts-little-credit/

https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/eutrophication-causes-consequen ces-and-controls-in-aquatic-102364466

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/eutrophication.html

https://serc.carleton.edu/details/images/5430.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algal_bloom#/media/File:Toxic_Algae_Bloom_in_Lake_E rie.jpg

There's no way I'm gonna put all of this into APA citation form or anything. Just click the links if you're interested.
If they're broken in some way or another, just copy and paste them. Make sure to remove those annoying spaces that somehow managed to sneak in there.
Hey. This is a footnote.

You may have noticed that the water in Chapter 5 was a bit glowy. That's from the bioluminescent algae. That area is also the dead zone that Siren mentioned in Chapter 3.

Why did I choose to make the chapter take place at night and have glowing algae instead of cyanobacteria or brown algae?

Well, it's a comic. I'm pretty sure that most of you would get tired of seeing 15 pages of dull-green water. So I took some "artistic liberties" and did this instead. It also fit the initial mood better and matched the time I set for this point in the story.

That's pretty much it.
This isn't canon. At all. Hopefully nobody gets confused somewhere down the line.

I was supposed to make an informational page, but I think I'll just do one next week instead.
Ohhh boy I love cliffhangers.

For the $5+ Patrons that might be reading this, you'll have to access Sunday's bonus on our Patreon page. Smackjeeves' Patreon integration doesn't work so well for forever-exclusive pages. You'll only get the filler page if you look here.
I've advertised for our Patreon a lot. I'll make this one short.

Wallpapers! Early pages! Extra art!
https://www.patreon.com/JaQal
I absolutely love your clouds! They're beautiful!
@Flame Shadow: Exactly. Though with the proper technology and physical information, one could conceivably sit back and allow a program to do all the work!

Ever read Sea of Rust?
@woolysox123: Thank you! There's plenty of people on the planet. Most stay near the polar regions or in benthic territories to avoid the heat.
The process video for this page is now available to $1+ Patrons! It will be released publicly in two weeks.

Thank you so much to our generous Patrons! We know that we don't offer many incentives (sorry 'bout that) and you can already read the comic for free, so we're incredibly grateful that you've chosen to support our silly little comic!

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Oh, it's that day of the week again? Hmm. Time to do some more self-advertisement!

Got some disposable income? Got a generous heart? Why not support us on Patreon? We promise that we'll put that money to good use! (Photoshop CC is $10 a month per license, we'll try to offset that cost.)

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@eekee: I drew myself using my left foot, but since I'm not actually a bird, I assumed that it would translate as me using my left hand. :)
@wergler99: Thank you very much. We'll try our best to set up some recording software soon, but the video quality might not be the best due to my tablet's low processing power. It's quite likely that if we get this to work we'll make the videos available to public rather than only for patrons.
Want to support the comic and see the next page tomorrow? Support us on Patreon! Or perhaps just take a look, yeah?
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Yes, yes, I know I sound like an advertisement, but that's the point.
Congratulations on the spotlight!