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Sea snow microcosms

Marine bacteria can respond to organic particles in sea water, creating hotspots of bacterial growth and carbon cycling. This microscale behaviour should be included in models of the oceanic carbon cycle.

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Figure 1: Marine snow.

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Figure 2: Carbon fluxes in the ocean involving marine snow.

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Azam, F., Long, R. Sea snow microcosms. Nature 414, 495–498 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1038/35107174

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