Scientists' Scheme Forced To Walk The Plank(ton)!

Wed, 2009-03-25 07:25Ross Gelbspan
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Scientists' Scheme Forced To Walk The Plank(ton)!

Scientists have said that a controversial experiment has “dampened hopes” that dumping hundreds of tonnes of dissolved iron in the Southern Ocean can lessen global warming.The experiment involved “fertilising” a 115-sqare-mile area of ocean with six tonnes of dissolved iron. As expected, this stimulated growth of tiny planktonic algae or phytoplankton. However, the scientists did not count on these phytoplankton being eaten by tiny crustacean zooplankton.