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red tide

The 2005 red tide closed shellfish beds in Maine and Massachusetts.
  a noticeable red (or brown) discoloration of sea water caused by an excessive growth of microscopic algae
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Some red tides result in mass fish kills, others contaminate shellfish, and still others produce no toxic effects.
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  • The 2005 red tide closed shellfish beds in Maine and Massachusetts.
  • Mary bring out your umbrella—
    The sun shines down on this fine, fine day
    But the ashes raining down forever
    Are going to turn your hair to gray.
    Mary keep your oars a-steady
    Sail away on the rising flood
    Keep your candle at the ready
    Red tides can’t be told from blood.
    —"Miss Mary" (a common child’s clapping game, dating from the time of the blitz), from Pattycake and Beyond: A History of Play
    The lights from the guard but get suctioned away all at once like they’ve been…
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The king stumbled into her arms, a sheet of blood creeping down the front of his armor, a dark red tide that drowned his green and gold.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • The red tide now poured from all sides of the monster like brooks down a hill.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Wine splashed across his boots and breeches, a dark red tide.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • And through the mist of centuries the broken boy could only watch as the man’s feet drummed against the earth … abut as his life flowed out of him in a red tide, Brandon Stark could taste the blood.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • As the sea crashed around him and the deck rose and fell beneath his feet, he had seen Dagon’s Feast and Red Tide slammed together so violently that both exploded into splinters.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
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Associated words [difficulty]:   red tide [9] , ozone layer [7] , greenhouse effect [8] , greenhouse gas [8] , greenbelt [9]
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