COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Unprecedented Blooms of Ocean Plant Life
Description: Scientists have made a biological discovery in Arctic Ocean waters as unexpected as finding a rainforest in the middle of a desert. A NASA-sponsored expedition punched through three-feet of sea ice to find waters richer in microscopic marine plants, essential to all sea life, than any other ocean region on Earth. Scientists now think that the thinning Arctic ice is allowing sunlight to reach the waters under the sea ice, catalyzing the plant blooms where they had never been observed. [Source: NASA Science News]
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Source: NASA Science News
Publish Date: 6/12/2012
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