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Re: [Methane Hydrate Club] Re: Sallie Chisholm's Prochlorococcus

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  • mike
    Iron is a nutrient of the algae and its requirement is what it is. But on a larger scale, both requirement and conductivity impact forms a condition that
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      Iron is a nutrient of the algae and its requirement is what it is. But
      on a larger scale, both requirement and conductivity impact forms a
      condition that forces cloud behaviors, and is part of a living earth.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: "David" <b1blancer1@...>
      To: methanehydrateclub@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 02:23:19 -0000
      Subject: [Methane Hydrate Club] Re: Sallie Chisholm's Prochlorococcus

      > --- In methanehydrateclub@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Doran" <mike@u...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > http://web.mit.edu/biology/www/facultyareas/facresearch/chisholm.shtml
      > >
      > >
      > > "We participated in three expeditions that tested this hypothesis,
      > > in
      > > which a patch of ocean was fertilized with iron, and the response of
      > > the phytoplankton community was monitored. The results were
      > > dramatic.
      > > Phytoplankton biomass increased 20-fold with the addition of iron,
      > > and the structure of the phytoplankton community also changed
      > > substantially. Our role in the project was to describe and understand
      > > the differential response of phytoplankton species to iron
      > > enrichment."
      > >
      >
      > Are you suggesting that it is strictly the conductive properties of
      > iron that are responsible for the phytoplankton bloom? I was under
      > the impression is was because of the fact that iron was a nutrient of
      > the phytoplankton. If it is strictly because of the conductivity,
      > then shouldn't the results be reproducible with another metal? For
      > example, copper should have the same effect.
      >
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