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The dark side of marine carbon

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The fate of sinking particulate organic matter in the world ocean is a key source of uncertainty in the global carbon cycle. Model simulations suggest that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations depend critically on the depths that these particles typically reach.

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Figure 1: The oceanic biological pump.

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  • 27 September 2009

    In the version of this News & Views originally published, the two occurrences of 'dissolved organic carbon' in the penultimate paragraph should have been 'dissolved inorganic carbon'. This has been corrected in the HTML and PDF versions of the text.

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Najjar, R. The dark side of marine carbon. Nature Geosci 2, 603–604 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo621

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