EXPORTS scientists will strive to understand how the carbon makes it to the twilight zone and deep ocean interior, and how long it stays there, which is vital to understanding present and future ocean ecosystems and global climate.
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This short video made by EXPORTS own Colleen Durkin illustrates the biological pump. In its simplest form, the biological pumpn is the mechanism that sequesters carbon from the atmosphere to deep sea water and sediment. It is the part of the oceanic carbon cycle responsible for the cycling of organic matter formed mainly by phytoplankton during photosynthesis, as well as the cycling of calcium carbonate formed into shells by certain organisms such as plankton and mollusks.
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