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In the North Atlantic, Oceanic Currents Play a Greater Role in the Absorption of Carbon Than Previously Thought
Description: The ocean traps carbon through two principal mechanisms: a biological pump and a physical pump linked to oceanic currents. A team of researchers have managed to quantify the role of these two pumps in an area of the North Atlantic. Contrary to expectations, the physical pump in this region could be nearly 100 times more powerful on average than the biological pump. Ocean circulation thus plays a crucial role in deep carbon sequestration in the North Atlantic. [Source: ScienceDaily]
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Source: ScienceDaily
Publish Date: 3/9/2011
Reading Level: Basic
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