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The Missing Mechanism: How Ocean Fronts Impact Sinking Organic Matter

Julia Dohner

Phytoplankton are central to the ocean’s carbon cycle, converting carbon dioxide into organic molecules that sink into the sea’s interior. But the ocean is moving and variable. As a result, we don’t have good estimates of how many of these phytoplankton-made molecules exit the upper ocean where phytoplankton reside. Find out how Stukel et al. measured how ocean fronts – a dynamic phenomenon in the water – help transport these organic molecules.

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