And If You Think That’s Mad – experiment on growth of algae around Antarctica

And If You Think That’s Mad – experiment on growth of algae around Antarctica – Brief Article

Researchers from the Plymouth Environmental Research Centre (PERC) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) have reported on a clever scientific experiment to investigate what controls the growth of algae in waters around the Antarctica. The experiment involved dumping several tonnes of iron into the ocean… and seeing what happened. What happened was a massive bloom which could be seen from a satellite several weeks after the experiment. The algae then sucked up a ‘significant’ amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Not ‘significant’ enough though, as ‘further studies on the natural input of iron, its effect on algae and the air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide will be required to understand the longer term effects on our climate.’

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