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Color Of Ocean Yields Global Warming Clues

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April 26, 2002
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University Of California - Santa Barbara
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A green ocean is a productive ocean; the light from the sun helps the phytoplankton -- tiny ocean plants -- to be productive. This production in turn drives ocean food webs. New research, published in Science on April 26, assesses the color of the ocean and finds that many key ecosystem parameters describing marine food web function are nearly constant across the entire North Atlantic Ocean. The research is also expected to yield clues about the carbon cycle and global warming.

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A green ocean is a productive ocean; the light from the sun helps the phytoplankton -- tiny ocean plants -- to be productive. This production in turn drives ocean food webs. New research, published in Science on April 26, assesses the color of the ocean and finds that many key ecosystem parameters describing marine food web function are nearly constant across the entire North Atlantic Ocean. The research is also expected to yield clues about the carbon cycle and global warming.


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University Of California - Santa Barbara. "Color Of Ocean Yields Global Warming Clues." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 April 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/04/020426074241.htm>.
University Of California - Santa Barbara. (2002, April 26). Color Of Ocean Yields Global Warming Clues. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/04/020426074241.htm
University Of California - Santa Barbara. "Color Of Ocean Yields Global Warming Clues." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/04/020426074241.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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