Coastal waters are unexpected hotspots for nitrogen fixation


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Nitrogen fixation is surprisingly high in the ocean’s coastal waters and may play a larger role than expected in carbon dioxide uptake, a new study shows.

The findings — based on thousands of samples collected in the western North Atlantic — upend prevailing theories about where and when nitrogen fixation occurs, and underscore the need for scientists to revisit the global distribution of marine nitrogen fixation and reevaluate its role in the coastal carbon cycle…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (02-21-2018)