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Where Iron and Water Mix Hydrothermal Vents a Significant Source of Iron in the Oceans
Description: In a new study researchers demonstrate that chemical-laden plumes that had erupted from vents at one section of Mid Ocean Ridge in the SE Pacific can be traced 4000 kilometers all the way across the Pacific. Further, the study shows how the iron transported by this process can be brought to the surface oceans of Antarctica where it has the potential to serve as a key life-sustaining micro-nutrient, supporting extensive fixation and removal of organic carbon from the sunlit upper waters of that ocean. [Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute]
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Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Publish Date: 7/8/2015
Reading Level: Basic
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