Gallery: Underwater Volcanoes Help Suck Carbon from the Air


Scientists recently determined the planet has an unlikely ally in the battle against climate change–undersea volcanoes. A group of Australian and French scientists found that a vast network of underwater volcanoes in the Southern Ocean pump out nutrient-rich water, promoting phytoplankton growth. That phytoplankton plays a crucial role in sucking carbon dioxide out of the air.

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  1. feline74 March 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) plants have also been suggested for the same reasons. In the process of exploiting the temperature difference between the surface of the ocean and the depths, nutrient-rich sea water is brought from the depths towards the surface.

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