COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Krill Contribute to Ocean Carbon Storage in Patagonia
Description: Waters around Chilean Patagonia are fed by glaciers in one of the largest freshwater systems on Earth. A recent study found that Euphasia vallentini, the most abundant species of krill in Chilean Patagonian waters, play a key role in food webs. The study also discovered that this species of krill helps to sequester carbon in the oceans- they consume plankton, which take in carbon during photosynthesis, and discharge some of the carbon into deeper ocean waters through the production of fast-sinking fecal pellets. [Source: GlacierHub]
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Source: GlacierHub
Publish Date: 12/27/2016
Reading Level: Basic
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