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Updated: 12/8/2020
Re'ann's :0

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Science class work

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  • What makes you think that, Dad?
  • Eventually we will! In fact, the fish will be so plentiful we’ll be able to feed the world’s hungry
  • This is great! nothing taste better than fish cooked just right. Too bad we don't always get this lucky catching fish
  • I plan to capitalize on the effect produced by seeding the oceans with iron.
  • As you know, low iron concentrations in the equatorial Pacific and the Antarctic oceans limit the growth of surface algae. I’m sure you remember the IronEx experiments led by the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory. Scientists found that by slowly introducing iron into the ocean water they could encourage algae growth. In the IronEx I experiment, a single infusion of iron had little effect because the iron sank rapidly to the ocean bottom.
  • But what does this have to do with fishing?
  • But, in the IronEx II experiment, repeated iron infusions over time boosted the phytoplankton photosynthesis. The algae grew in number and used more carbon dioxide.Scientists are pretty excited about finding a cheap way to decrease global warming.
  • Well, Becky, I figure that if the primary producers of the ocean increased in numbers, then the tiny critters like copepods will get more to eat. That means little fish will also get more to eat, in turn feeding the big fish.
  • What’s your plan, Luis?
  • How will you do that?
  • I’ve established a company called MOFI, for Maximizing Ocean Farming Inc. My company has made a deal with the Marshall Islands for commercial rights to the 800,000 square miles of ocean around the archipelago. We’ll not only fix global warming, we will get rich as well!
  • We plan to put a mixture of iron, phosphorus, and key trace elements into floating time-release mini capsules that will keep the mixtures afloat longer and seed the ocean more slowly. In this way, we will mimic the enrichment provided by upwellings in the ocean off Peru and have the same kind of rich fishing. By continuous seeding of just 100,000 square miles of ocean, we can probably cut down by one-quarter to one-third the carbon dioxide emissions from the United States!
  • Since there is talk about greenhouse gas emission taxes for each country, we can get rich while helping to decrease CO2 emissions without having to cut down on too much fossil fuel and land use in the U.S.
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