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Old 06-12-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Nothing new in the world? Nothing left to discover? NASA would beg to differ. The discovery of an "enormous, off-the-charts" bloom of microscopic marine plants in the Arctic has floored scientists.


And it confirms, if nothing else, that there are things on this planet not yet seen -- things that you "never, ever could have anticipated in a million years."



So says Paula Bontempi of NASA. An ocean biology and biogeochemistry program manager in Washington, Bontempi spoke with the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning about the discovery.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Yawn... the upshot is the guy who suggested seeding the oceans with iron to increase plankton taking out CO2 was right, even though he got shot down ten ways to H...

"Science" in many circles these days is politics with physics.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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Yawn... the upshot is the guy who suggested seeding the oceans with iron to increase plankton taking out CO2 was right, even though he got shot down ten ways to H...

"Science" in many circles these days is politics with physics.
Oh? I had no idea one had to do with the other.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Biology, like medicine, is more art than science. In physics there are immutable laws that can be repeatedly tested against direct observations. That cannot happen with biology. In biology one can make statistical inferences, which may or may not hold true for a given subject, but one can never say anything about biology with absolute certainty.

The only reason these "scientists" were shocked and amazed is because they know so little about the microscopic marine plants in the Arctic. I am by no means professing that I know more, I am just taking into consideration the amount of data that they could have collected.

Lets use a little common sense. Like all plants, they require photosynthesis. How much sunlight do you think they get under several feet of ice in the Arctic during the winter when the sun never shines? Compare that with the amount of sunlight they would get when the ice melts every summer under 24 hours of sunlight. Now factor in an increase in CO2 levels, which plants love. Is it really that surprising that algae blooms are getting bigger?
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