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Carbon Acts Like Rustoleum Around Hydrothermal Vents


February 9, 2009

hydrothermal vent The cycling of iron throughout the oceans has been an area of intense research for the last two decades. Oceanographers have spent a lot of time studying what has been affectionately labeled the Geritol effect ever since discovering that the lack of iron is a reason why phytoplankton grow lackadaisically in some of the most nutrient-rich surface waters. Just like humans, sometimes the ocean needs a dose of iron to function more effectively. Full Story

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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