Understanding nitrogen’s role in the ocean

Editor’s Note: Journalist and crew member Kathryn Eident and scientist Jeremy Jacquot are traveling on board the RV Atlantis on a monthlong voyage to sample and study nitrogen fixation in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, among other research projects. This is the second blog post detailing this ongoing voyage of discovery for Scientific American.com .

RV ATLANTIS MAIN DECK–For years scientists have thought that the amount of nitrogen coming into and out of the world’s oceans was relatively equivalent, creating a “balanced” and naturally maintained budget. But this theory has been based on a relatively small amount of data obtained from only a few of the world’s oceans, leaving room for scientists to question how accurate the model is.  [More]



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