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El Niño's Dramatic Impact On Ocean Biology And Carbon Dioxide Captured By Unique Monitoring System

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December 10, 1999
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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The 1997-98 El Niño/La Niña had an unprecedented roller-coaster effect on the oceanic food chain across a vast swath of the Pacific, plunging chlorophyll levels to the lowest ever recorded in December 1997 and spawning the largest bloom of microscopic algae ever seen in the region the following summer. According to new results published in the December 10 issue of the journal Science, El Niño also dramatically reduced the amount of carbon dioxide normally released into the atmosphere by the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

MOSS LANDING, California — The 1997-98 El Niño/La Niña had an unprecedented roller-coaster effect on the oceanic food chain across a vast swath of the Pacific, plunging chlorophyll levels to the lowest ever recorded in December 1997 and spawning the largest bloom of microscopic algae ever seen in the region the following summer.


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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. "El Niño's Dramatic Impact On Ocean Biology And Carbon Dioxide Captured By Unique Monitoring System." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 December 1999. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/12/991210081605.htm>.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. (1999, December 10). El Niño's Dramatic Impact On Ocean Biology And Carbon Dioxide Captured By Unique Monitoring System. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/12/991210081605.htm
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. "El Niño's Dramatic Impact On Ocean Biology And Carbon Dioxide Captured By Unique Monitoring System." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/12/991210081605.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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