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  • Mike Doran
    Salli Chisholm in this months Scientific American says on page 52 several things about Prochlorococcus, which she discovered in 1988, which are fundimentally
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      Salli Chisholm in this months Scientific American says on page 52
      several things about Prochlorococcus, which she discovered in 1988,
      which are fundimentally ignorant of Gaia:

      i 1. That "the microbe's minute size enables it to capture sunlight
      efficiently (there is less self-shading)"

      This implies incorrectly why the microbe is small. It evolved to thi
      size simply because by its history it stems from smaller nucleotide
      based parasol cirrus modulators and because once it became cellular,
      the tiny ice crystals that form around it work more efficiently at
      trapping heat underneath, and are more responsive to the charge
      potential it carries given its mass and shape and size.

      i 2. It is "responsible for half of the photosynthesis in the oceans.
      A drop of seaswater contains up to 20,000 cells."

      This is informative, but what is missing here is, like Paul Harvey
      loves to say, is the rest of the story. Converting CO2 to sugar and
      O2 is critical in the ocean's surface because the methane in oceans
      is broken down into CO2, and food chains metabolize down to CO2. CO2
      on the ocean surface will with ambiant winds gas exchange, meaning
      they move between CO2 as a gas and CO2 as carbonic acid. This frees
      electrons and drops the conductivity of the water in an essentially
      amplified chaotic way. Carbonic acid also impacts conductivity. By
      removing the CO2, the algae produces a less conductive gas exchange
      state and at the same time produces an ability to have a biological
      signal dependant on the level of positive input of iron in the water,
      or the negative input of chemistry that is poisonous, or temperatures
      that are poisonous to its existence. The algae, hence, becomes
      sensitive to upwellings. IOWs the algae impacts conductivity better,
      thereby modulating large scale ion waves and cloud behaviors.

      i 3. "Even if you fertized the entire oceans [with iron], it wouldn't
      make much of a dento on global warming--at best postponing the
      inenvitable by about five years."

      This misstates the forcing--which is cloud and cirrus parasol, ion
      movement/conductivity based. It misstates a modulated system over a
      chaotic system.
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