Earth, Our Species Survival! Depends On Tiny Sea Creatures – WE ARE LOSING!

This process is stalling, if it stops, we die

This process is stalling, if it stops, we die

I won’t pretend to be an expert in the field here but I have researched this story enough now to understand how it works and how it failing will kill everything and every human. The process plankton do or make happen is crucial. Fish, whales, dolphins, crabs, seabirds, and just about everything else that makes a living in or off of the oceans owe their existence to phytoplankton, one-celled plants that live at the ocean surface. Phytoplankton are at the base of what scientists refer to as oceanic biological productivity, the ability of a water body to support life such as plants, fish, and wildlife. These little guys produce oxygen, if they stop we stop, loss of forest’s globally is the other oxygen loser. We are killing ourselves slowly, again the small detail becomes the most dangerous to us all, we are slowly suffocating our species and ourselves to death

For a while scientists had suspected something was not right in how researchers understand the oceans. The object of their suspicion was something called the Redfield ratio, a principle stating that, when nutrients are not limiting, ocean microorganisms always have the same ratio of three elements: carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus. This matters now because the Redfield ratio is used to help modelers and biogeochemists understand how important elements like nitrogen and carbon cycle in the oceans. If the Redfield ratio does not hold true, climate researchers might have to adjust how that process is represented in their climate models.

An associate professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and a few of his colleagues set out to sample the ocean and test the ratios. What they learned, detailed in a paper published, was that the ratios of carbon to nitrogen to phosphorus varied in different parts of the ocean. They also discovered the patterns of variation corresponded to different latitudes.

“How much carbon is attached to each molecule of nitrogen or phosphorus just used to be [considered] a constant,” said Francois Primeau, a co-author on the paper and an associate professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine. But that’s not the case. For example, in warm zones near the equator that are low on nutrients, the ratio of carbon to nitrogen to phosphorus measured was 195:28:1; in cold, high-latitude regions with plenty of nutrients, the ratio changed to 78:13:1. Redfield’s ratio is 106:16:1 oceanwide.

Via David Vose on You Tube


Via: ~~

Climate change is likely to have a massive impact on marine micro-organisms that produce half the planet’s oxygen, new research suggests.

Analysis of 35,000 seawater samples from around the world suggests rising ocean temperatures are likely to have significant effects on plankton. The microscopic organisms are the bottom of the marine food chain. But they also remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as rainforests.

Scientists who mounted a four-year global expedition to study the “health” of the world’s oceans are due to reveal the first detailed overview of the global planktonic ecosystem. They warned that the United Nations climate change conference in November must react to their findings on global warming.

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