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Oceanic Storms Create Oases in the Watery Desert
Description: For two decades, scientists have puzzled over how vast blooms of microscopic plants can form in the middle of otherwise barren mid-ocean regions. Now a research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has shown that episodic, swirling current systems known as eddies act to pump nutrients up from the deep ocean to fuel such phytoplankton blooms. [Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute]
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Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Publish Date: 5/17/2007
Reading Level: Basic
Page Length: 3