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Nature's ocean fertiliser

Scientists have discovered that Antarctic krill – a tiny shrimp-like crustacean – plays a key role in fertilising the Southern Ocean with iron, which stimulates the growth of phytoplankton, the microscopic plants at the ...

dateSep 20, 2016 in Environment
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Computing the ocean's true colors

When she was 17, Stephanie Dutkiewicz set sail from her native South Africa to the Caribbean islands. Throughout a three-month journey, she noticed that the color of the ocean shifted from place to place, but it wasn't until ...

dateSep 16, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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NASA's KORUS-OC campaign takes to seas

In a South Korean port, two research ships are being equipped with instruments that will measure sunlight interacting with the ocean and capture the microscopic life that ebbs and flows with the currents. As part of the Korea-United ...

dateMay 19, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Major source of methanol in the ocean identified

As one of the most abundant organic compounds on the planet, methanol occurs naturally in the environment as plants release it as they grow and decompose. It is also found in the ocean, where it is a welcome food source for ...

dateMar 10, 2016 in Environment
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