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Scientists Solve a 14,000-year-old Ocean Mystery


July 14, 2013

a resting spore of the Chaetoceros diatom At the end of the last ice age, as the world began to warm, a swath of the North Pacific Ocean came to life. During a brief pulse of biological productivity 14,000 years ago, this stretch of the sea teemed with phytoplankton, amoeba-like foraminifera and other tiny creatures, who thrived in large numbers until the productivity ended--as mysteriously as it began--just a few hundred years later. Full Story

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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