Thursday, June 7, 2012

NASA Finds Massive Algal Blooms Under Arctic Sea Ice

Researchers studying the algal bloom under Arctic sea ice
The NASA-sponsored ICESCAPE expedition that discovered the bloom was led by Stanford environmental Earth system science Professor Kevin Arrigo. (Photo: Gert van Dijken)

NASA mission, led by Stanford biologist, finds massive algal blooms under Arctic sea ice

The "impossible" discovery, spearheaded by Stanford Professor Kevin Arrigo, is a harbinger of major changes in Arctic ecosystems as the planet warms.
A massive phytoplankton bloom has been found underneath the Arctic pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The under-ice bloom, previously thought impossible, will require a complete rethinking of Arctic ecosystems – and is a potent indicator of global warming's effects on the far north.
The 2011 NASA-sponsored ICESCAPE expedition that discovered the bloom was led by Stanford environmental Earth system science Professor Kevin Arrigo. The paper announcing the find appeared today in Science.

MORE: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/june/arctic-algal-blooms-060712.html

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