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Coastal waters are unexpected hotspots for nitrogen fixation


February 20, 2019

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Nitrogen fixation is surprisingly high in the ocean's coastal waters and may play a larger role than expected in carbon dioxide uptake, a new Duke University-led study shows. The findings -- based on thousands of samples collected in the western North Atlantic -- upend prevailing theories about where and when nitrogen fixation occurs and underscore the need for scientists to revisit the global distribution of marine nitrogen fixation and re-evaluate its role in the coastal carbon cycle.Full Story

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