Sectioned water pipe clogged with Zebra mussels

Sectioned water pipe clogged with Zebra mussels

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This image is part of the feature The Invaders - The 10 Worst Invasive Species
This image is part of the feature Invasion Of The Zebra Mussels

Credit: PETER YATES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Zebra mussel pollution. Sectioned water pipe is opened to reveal its interior clogged with Zebra mussels, Dreissena polymorpha. Zebra mussels were first recorded in North America in June 1988, having probably hitchhiked into Lake St. Clair on a ship from Europe. Since then they have invaded lakes and rivers in the USA, breeding very rapidly. By 1993, stretches of the Illinois river had achieved 94,000 mussels per square metre. Not only do the mussels encrust water pipes (including those of power stations), they also excrete a corrosive substance. They may also destroy indigenous aquatic life.

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Keywords: bivalve, dreissena polymorpha, environment, environmental, mussel, pipe, pollute, pollution, pollution research, water pollution, worst invasive alien species, zebra, zebra mussel

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