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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Toxic Oceans Are Natural

According to a recent study:

A new model suggests that inhospitable hydrodgen-sulphide rich waters could have delayed the spread of complex life forms in ancient oceans. The research, published online this week in the journal Nature Communications, considers the composition of the oceans 550-700 million years ago and shows that oxygen-poor toxic conditions, which may have delayed the establishment of complex life, were controlled by the biological availability of nitrogen.
Those toxic oceans were 100% natural. But wait, there's more:
The study shows how bacteria using nitrate in their metabolism would have displaced the less energetically efficient bacteria that produce sulphide – meaning that the presence of nitrate in the oceans prevented build-up of the toxic sulphidic state.
In other words, fertilizer runoff from inorganic farms is helping to prevent a recurrence of the toxicity.


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