Can noping out be considered an Olympic event? Plenty of Olympic swimmers were left stunned on August 9 when they discovered that their pool at Rio 2016 was bright green! Don’t worry; it wasn’t radioactive — click through for the real reason!
It was concerning, to say the least, to turn on the Olympic swimming games on August 9 and see what looked like a pool full of Nickelodeon slime. Olympic swimmers were baffled, too by the overnight color change, talking on Twitter about facing that daunting cesspool. But they had nothing to fear!
The green color came from high amounts of algae that appeared in the pool, according to Rio 2016 spokesperson Marlo Andrada. The “proliferation of algae” happened “because of heat and a lack of wind.” This totally makes sense, according to Dr. Stephanie Henson of the National Oceanography Centre in England, who spoke to Buzzfeed News. It’s what made the water so cloudy, too.
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) August 9, 2016
“[Algae are] tiny, they’re far too small to be seen by the naked eye,” Dr. Henson said. “But if conditions are just right then you get an algae bloom where it gets to the point where you can see the greenness in the water. Algae can multiply several times a day. The rate at which [algae] multiply is dependent on temperature. In these conditions where it was very warm, maybe their filters weren’t working as much as possible, maybe the balance of chemicals in the pool wasn’t quite right somehow – that could have triggered the bloom.”
It’s hard to tell exactly what kind of algae is in the pool without testing it under a microscope; there are hundreds of different kinds of the microorganisms that could live in a swimming pool. However, the water itself was tested and was deemed safe for swimmers. Nothing to worry about!
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