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Asian Dust Storm Causes Plankton To Bloom In The North Pacific; Robotic Carbon Explorers Test The "Iron Hypothesis" In Nature

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October 25, 2002
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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In the spring of 2001, two robotic Carbon Explorer floats recorded the rapid growth of phytoplankton in the upper layers of the North Pacific Ocean after a passing storm had deposited iron-rich dust from the Gobi Desert. The carbon measurements, reported in the October 25 issue of Science, are the first direct observation of wind-blown terrestrial dust fertilizing the growth of aquatic plant life.

In the spring of 2001, two robotic Carbon Explorer floats recorded the rapid growth of phytoplankton in the upper layers of the North Pacific Ocean after a passing storm had deposited iron-rich dust from the Gobi Desert. The carbon measurements, reported in the October 25 issue of Science, are the first direct observation of wind-blown terrestrial dust fertilizing the growth of aquatic plant life.


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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "Asian Dust Storm Causes Plankton To Bloom In The North Pacific; Robotic Carbon Explorers Test The "Iron Hypothesis" In Nature." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 October 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021025065400.htm>.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. (2002, October 25). Asian Dust Storm Causes Plankton To Bloom In The North Pacific; Robotic Carbon Explorers Test The "Iron Hypothesis" In Nature. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021025065400.htm
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "Asian Dust Storm Causes Plankton To Bloom In The North Pacific; Robotic Carbon Explorers Test The "Iron Hypothesis" In Nature." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021025065400.htm (accessed April 18, 2014).

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