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Slime beach

Algae is cleared away along the coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province, July 2, 2008. China's Olympic co-host city Qingdao has appealed for help from nearby ports to contain an algae bloom that has coated large swathes of offshore waters in green muck. REUTERS/China Daily

China's slimy beach

Massive and unsightly blooms of green algae periodically appear off the beaches of Qingdao, China.