COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Researchers explore plankton's shifting role in deep sea carbon storage
Description: The tiny phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi, invisible to the naked eye, plays an outsized role in drawing carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it deep in the seas. But this role may change as ocean water becomes warmer and more acidic. According to new research climate-driven changes in nitrogen sources and carbon dioxide levels in seawater could work together to make Emiliania huxleyi a less effective agent of carbon storage in the deep ocean. [Source:]
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Publish Date: 10/13/2011
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