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Arctic plankton blooming up to 50 days sooner

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published March 8, 2011

According to The Washington Post, a new satellite study of worldwide phytoplankton blooms has found that the microscopic plants, which form a major foundation of the marine food web, are blooming up to 50 days sooner in oceans across much of the Arctic lately than they did 14 years ago. The findings indicate one biological impact of warming in the Arctic, researchers say. "The trend is obvious and significant, and in my mind there is no doubt it is related to the retreat of the ice," said the study's leader Mati Kahru, who published the work in the journal Global Change Biology. Read much, much more, here.

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