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Subject: Re: Floating atmospheric regulators
From: Pay_the_Piper <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 22 Jun 2007 13:33:28 -0700
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But how do the deeper organisms come into contact with the carbon?

PtP

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From: "Trevor J. Kenchington" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2007 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: Floating atmospheric regulators


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> PtP,
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> Why would you want to focus on the surface of the ocean, meaning  perhaps 
> the top 10mm, when you could promote production in the entire  euphotic 
> zone, extending down to maybe 100m depth? With 10,000 times  the water 
> volume available, you would likely get more benefit for  your efforts that 
> way.
>
> Also, UV light has nasty effects on living tissue (as my sunburnt  back is 
> telling me after a rare clear day here). But UV doesn't  penetrate far 
> into seawater, so most marine organisms have not  evolved ways to cope 
> with it. By focusing on surface-dwelling  neuston, you would be closing 
> the door to most of the plants that  could take up the excess carbon.
>
> Then again, when a plant dies at the surface, its carbon is that much  the 
> more likely to return to the atmosphere, which is not what you  are after.
>
>
> All in all, a focus on the ocean surface seems misguided for one  pursuing 
> your objectives.
>
>
> Trevor Kenchington
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> You wrote:
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>> Further to our previous discussion on atmospheric carbon absorption  by 
>> phytoplankton then (eg the "Planktos" work as covered by  Discovery TV 
>> recently) would it not be best to focus on just the  surface ecosystem? 
>> Lily pads float on the surface and absorb  carbon. There must be other 
>> living creatures which do the same and  maybe therein lies an effective 
>> carbon absorber which could be  cultivated in various waters by 
>> "mineralizing" them as the Planktos  ship will do.
>>
>> PtP
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