Latest Biological pump Stories
Along with other sea organisms, jellyfish are part of the ocean’s natural carbon recycling process. Jellyfish eat microscopic plankton and consequently ingest broken down carbon dioxide. Dead jellyfish then sink to the bottom of the ocean taking a large amount of carbon with them. This carbon becomes trapped in the deep sea water, allowing room for more carbon dioxide to dissolve into the ocean.
In a new study, researchers examined the poop of small forage fish in order to gain an understanding of its role in the ocean's carbon removal process.
Projects address concern for acidifying marine ecosystems.
Adding nutrients to the sea could decrease viral infection rates among phytoplankton and enhance the efficiency of the biological pump, a means by which carbon is transferred from the atmosphere to the deep ocean.
The impact on levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere by the decaying remains of a group of marine creatures that includes starfish and sea urchin has been significantly underestimated.
A marine scientist said Alaskaâ€™s $4.6 billion fishing industry might be in danger because marine waters in the area are turning acidic from absorbing greenhouse gases faster than tropical waters.
The same things that make Alaska's marine waters among the most productive in the world may also make them the most vulnerable to ocean acidification.
A new study found that ocean acidification caused by climate change is stripping away the protective shell of tiny yet vital organisms that absorb huge amounts of carbon pollution from the atmosphere.
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