Warming Waters Portend Fishless Fridays

Thu, 2006-12-07 11:10Ross Gelbspan
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Warming Waters Portend Fishless Fridays

New NASA satellite data find that the vital base of the ocean food web shrinks when the world's seas get hotter. The data show a significant link between warmer water and reduced production of phytoplankton of the world's oceans. 

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Would the phytoplankton death and decay reduce dissolved oxygen concentrations in deeper ocean waters? If true, might that explain what caused the extinction of numerous deep-sea benthic foraminifera” (wikipedia) at the PETM? [From Wikipedia, “The end of the Paleocene (55.5/54.8 Ma) was marked by one of the most significant periods of global change during the Cenozoic, a sudden global climate change, the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which upset oceanic and atmospheric circulation and led to the extinction of numerous deep-sea benthic foraminifera” …]