It appears you have not yet registered with our community. To register please click here...

Go Back [M] > Madshrimps > WebNews
Hungry Shrimps Eat Climate Change Experiment Hungry Shrimps Eat Climate Change Experiment
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Hungry Shrimps Eat Climate Change Experiment
Thread Tools
Old 26th March 2009, 21:01   #1
jmke's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: 7090/Belgium
Posts: 78,847
jmke has disabled reputation
Default Hungry Shrimps Eat Climate Change Experiment

Earlier this month, an expedition fertilized 300 square kilometers of the Atlantic Ocean with six metric tons of dissolved iron. This triggered a bloom of phytoplankton, which doubled their biomass within two weeks by taking in carbon dioxide from the seawater. The dead phytoplankton were then expected to sink to the ocean bed, dragging carbon along with them. Instead the experiment turned into an example of how the food chain works as the bloom was eaten by a swarm of hungry copepods. The huge swarm of copepods were in turn eaten by larger crustaceans called amphipods, which are often eaten by squid and whales. "I think we are seeing the last gasps of ocean iron fertilization as a carbon storage strategy," says Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University. While the experiment failed to show ocean fertilization as a viable carbon storage strategy, it has pushed the old "My dog ate my homework" excuse to an unprecedented level. (src: Slashdot)
jmke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th March 2009, 21:51   #2
Posts: n/a

Ahah! Had just watched a show about this exact carbon sequestering experiment... thank you for the article link!

Interesting to see the before & after side of this, and rather amusing result.
  Reply With Quote
Old 27th March 2009, 14:35   #3
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 79
blackened Fully Registeredblackened Fully Registeredblackened Fully Registeredblackened Fully Registeredblackened Fully Registeredblackened Fully Registeredblackened Fully Registeredblackened Fully Registered

Wouldnt this still be a success? I mean the plankton had already absorbed the carbon. Instead of them dieing and bringing it to the ocean floor, something else ate it, then something ate that, then something ate that.. Eventually the last something will die and fall the the ocean floor. Wouldnt that sequester the carbon as expected? Maybe Im missing something..
blackened is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th March 2009, 19:32   #4
[M] Reviewer
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 4,999
piotke Freshly Registered

last step in the foodchain, people eat the last fish
piotke is offline   Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Numonyx reveals Phase Change Memory [PCM] devices jmke WebNews 0 23rd April 2010 13:46
Reconstructing the climate of medieval Europe jmke WebNews 1 13th April 2010 17:32
Phase change memory is another step closer jmke WebNews 0 2nd November 2009 13:41
OCZ Cryo-Z Phase Change Cooler Tested jmke WebNews 0 10th March 2008 11:39
Athlon 64 FX60 Overclocking: Stock Air, High End Air, Water, and Phase Change Cooling jmke WebNews 0 23rd March 2006 11:09
Groepsaankoop Phase Change Cooling thorgal Mad Bargains 0 5th September 2005 10:15
phase change <--> cascade phase change? kristos General Madness - System Building Advice 20 2nd March 2004 10:30
Mad Shrimps IRC Channel? septimus Site & Forum Feedback - Folding@Home 2 5th February 2003 12:53

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:31.

Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO