Climate Change Impacts Ocean's Chemical Cycles as Temperatures Rise

September 10, 2013 6:58 AM

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Climate change is affecting ecosystems all across the globe. Now, scientists have discovered that as conditions change, rising ocean temperatures will upset natural cycles of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and phosphorous in the world's oceans. This could have major implications for the Earth's chemical cycles, which are crucial to the regulation of various natural systems.

As ocean temperatures warm, the conditions are impacting plankton. While these creatures are tiny, they play a huge role in nutrient cycling. These creatures remove about half of all CO2 from the atmosphere during photosynthesis and then store it deep under the sea. This isolates the CO2 from the at...

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