Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t realise you knew each other!
Our sense of the interconnectedness of earth’s natural systems can always do with some reinforcing –and a research study released today from the University of Liverpool does just that:
Scientists from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
have found evidence which suggests that life in the North Atlantic Ocean (particularly the phytoplankton
populations) are being sustained by nutrients that Saharan dust storms leave behind.
Working aboard research vessels in the Atlantic, scientists mapped the distribution of nutrients including phosphorous and nitrogen. They also investigated how organisms such as phytoplankton are sustained in areas with low nutrient levels.
“We found that cyanobacteria – a type of ancient phytoplankton – are significant to the understanding of how ocean deserts can support plant growth,” says Professor George Wolff, from the University’s Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences. (more…)