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biological carbon pump [1 record]

Record 1 2011-04-05


Subject field(s)
  • Environmental Economics
  • Climate Warming and Ozone Layer
  • Air Pollution

Microscopic life forms near the surface of the ocean - plankton- act as a pump, extracting carbon dioxide in the air and depositing it on the sea floor.[] The biological carbon pump increases the concentration of carbonate in deep waters at the expense of surface waters and, ultimately, the atmosphere.


  • Économie environnementale
  • Réchauffement climatique et couche d'ozone
  • Pollution de l'air

Les organismes vivants modifient également la concentration en dioxyde de carbone dans les eaux de surface des océans; ils pompent le dioxyde de carbone de la surface vers les profondeurs.[] On recherche encore la relation exacte entre l'efficacité de la pompe biologique et la circulation océanique.


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