Articles tagged "phytoplankton"

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Phytoplankton blooms on the rise across Arctic Ocean

NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites captured a majestic shot of blooms of phytoplankton showing up in higher concentrations across the Arctic Ocean this summer. Every summer, parts of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas lose their ice cover and bask in ample...

August 02, 2020

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Southern Ocean drives massive bloom of tiny phytoplankton

Scientists have uncovered the ocean conditions that support a massive summertime bloom of algae that spans 16 % of the global ocean. Known as the Great Calcite Belt, this dense group of a microscopic phytoplankton, coccolithophores, can be seen in satellite images...

December 02, 2017

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Previously unknown, massive source of methanol identified

A team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have identified the massive, previously unknown source of methanol in the ocean. According to the study, the phytoplankton, microscopic plant-like organisms, possess a surprising and unique...

March 23, 2016

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Significant decline of oceanic phytoplankton detected across the Northern Hemisphere

NASA's scientists have conducted a first study to observe the global, long-term phytoplankton community trend based on a model driven by the satellite data. A significant decline in certain types of phytoplankton has been discovered and the results of this 15 year l

September 25, 2015

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Dust storms affecting ocean phytoplankton

MIT study finds that the short residence of iron in surface waters makes phytoplankton very sensitive to any changes in the level of desert dust in the ocean. Desert dust is one of the only sources of ocean iron. Each spring, dust storms in the deserts of Mongolia and n

August 31, 2015

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Increasing ocean acidification and the effects on microalgae

Scientists have for the first time examined on a global scale how calcified algae in their natural habitat react to increasing acidification due to higher marine uptake of carbon dioxide.In the current issue of the magazine Nature they explain that Coccolithophores,

August 07, 2011

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One of the world's roughest stretches of water

Runoff from heavy rains, combined with wave action along the coast, increased the turbidity of New Zealand’s waters when this image was acquired on April 29, 2011, according to a NASA statement. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on

July 21, 2011

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Arctic's spring phytoplankton blooms arrive earlier

When summer comes to the Arctic, the tiny plants that feed the ocean's food chain form green blooms in the water. In some Arctic waters, the peak of this bloom has been arriving earlier every year since 1997, a study has found. These areas, where peak bloom

March 08, 2011

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Understanding the patterns of seafloor biomass

The vast majority of the biological production in the world's oceans occurs within sunlit surface waters - the so-called photic zone. Through the process of photosynthesis, tiny marine plants called phytoplankton use the energy of sunlight to build the carbon-rich

February 11, 2011