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Major Source of Methanol in the Ocean Identified
Description: Methanol is a welcome food source for ravenous microbes in the ocean that feast on it for energy and growth. While scientists have long known methanol exists in the ocean, and that certain microbes love to snack on it, they've been stymied by one key question: where does it come from? Researchers have solved this mystery through the discovery of a massive - and previously unaccounted for - source of methanol in the ocean: phytoplankton. [Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute]
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Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Publish Date: 3/10/2016
Reading Level: Basic
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