The Science Codex website posted a report about a marine research project by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of Washington and University of Maine oceanographer Mary Jane Perry. The scientists published this week an article in the journal Science about the discovery of a new trigger of the North Atlantic phytoplankton bloom, which absorbs enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and produces oxygen in exchange. The researchers found evidence the bloom is triggered up to 30 days earlier than previously thought as a result of eddies stratifying the near-surface waters. The Cutting Edge website and Environmental Protection Online also posted the story. A UMaine news release has more information.
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