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Ocean Islands Fuel Productivity and Carbon Sequestration Through Natural Iron Fertilization
January 29, 2009
An experiment to study the effects of naturally deposited iron in the Southern Ocean has supplied a key piece of the puzzle surrounding iron's role in locking atmospheric carbon dioxide in the ocean. The international research team led by Raymond Pollard of the National Oceanography Center, Southampton, and including Matthew Charette, a marine chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, found natural iron fertilization enhanced the export of carbon to the deep ocean.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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