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"Save The Whales"... their poop holds the key (maybe)!

"Save The Whales"... their poop holds the key (maybe)! | Test | Scoop.it

Whale poo could be the secret to reversing the effects of climate change. 


Via Marian Locksley, PIRatE Lab
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, July 8, 2014 8:13 PM

Its all about trying to transport carbon from the surface down to the sediments down deep in the benthos...although "reversing" climate change is a bit overly optimistic.

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, July 8, 2014 8:23 PM

So whales can be seen as an ecosystem service.  In this case, a force to sequester carbon.  By saving whales from extinction we (in effect) saved this important function which "rockets" carbon from surface waters (such as krill or other plankton) into deeper waters as speed many orders of magnitude greater than the normal settling rate of typical marine snow.

Marian Locksley's curator insight, July 9, 2014 8:32 AM

3.7.14 ~ Rebounding whale populations are good for ocean ecosystems:  http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2014/07/rebounding-whale-populations-are-good-ocean-ecosystems

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West African Lions Under Threat in Senegal

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This 9,130 square kilometer parcel of protected land is one of the last wildlife habitats in the country, and a busy national highway runs right through it.

Like many African countries, Senegal ha...

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The Journal of Zoology special issue on paleobehavior is free for the ...

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The Journal of Zoology special issue on paleobehavior is free for the next 30 days. June 23, 2014. JZool paleoethology special issue. Got this in my inbox this morning. I presume this means that the 30 days start now.
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Entomologists Support Specimen Collections as Vital Component of ...

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“The Entomological Society of America is dedicated to the support of biological collections, especially those related to arthropods, the most diverse group of species on Earth,” said current ESA President Frank Zalom.
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