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UMaine Marine Scientist in NYT Iron Fertilization Article

Comments from University of Maine marine scientist Mark Wells were included in a New York Times science blog about a California businessman who undertook his own ecological experiment, dumping 100 tons of iron dust into the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to create a plankton bloom to biologically remove carbon dioxide from the water and aid the recovery of the local salmon fishery. Scientists and government officials are outraged over the incident, the article said. Wells said what the businessman did “could be described as ocean dumping” and the experiment was “extraordinarily unlikely” to be successful.

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