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Dissolved Iron Proves Ineffective at Slowing Climate Change | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 29.03.2009
According to Indian and German researchers, an experiment that involved dumping tons of dissolved iron into the Southern Ocean does not appear to be a viable way to prevent global warming. 

The experiment involved "fertilizing" a 300-square-kilometer (115-square-mile) area of ocean inside the core of an eddy with six tons of dissolved iron.


The iron stimulated growth of planktonic algae called phytoplankton, which researched had hoped would absorb and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


But the scientists from India's National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) and Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) did not expect the phytoplankton to be eaten by crustacean zooplankton.

by Fran on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 02:16:13 PM EST
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Yeah.  Nobody could have predicted an increase in prey population would lead to an increase in predator population.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 10:57:37 PM EST
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