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Seek Wisdom in Hidden Ocean Forest__Know Sea Drifters Who Can Make Survival Possible
Ocean's Hidden Forest
In the top 50 feet or so where sun light strikes the water, there exists literally an invisible forest where colonies of sea drifting creatures called marine phytoplankton and zooplankton make their home.
These creatures, some of whom are known by their common name algae are typically invisible to human eye except as a green or gray color sometimes. But under a microscope the presence of these creatures become visible to human observation and knowledge.
I picked up on the new book shelves at the Fairfax County Public Library recently a picture filled book titled Ocean Drifters: A secret world beneath the waves (Firefly Books, 2011) written by scientist Richard R. Kirby. This new book is a valuable survey and introduction to the sea drifters that live in the top layer of the Ocean that typically invisible to the human eye.
Most important to human survival are some creatures who are classified to be in the plant domain, called marine phytoplankton. There are number of species depending on the geography of the ocean that covers 3 times the land mass of the earth. Then there are many species that are classified as part of the animal kingdom called zooplankton.
Both of these catagories of hidden forest drifters play a vital role at the bottom of the food chain for higher life forms such as fish, marine life and mammals.
Beside the key role in the ocean's food chain, most phytoplankton species play an important role in absorbing nearly half of the CO2 produced by human activities that is a key issue that scientists have been studying now for decades and raised an alarm for policy makers in the major nations today.
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There are a few harmful phytoplaktons known, for example red tide, that must be avoided and their bloom discouraged near the shore lines when possible.
Climatologist Paul G. Falkowski's article "The Ocean's Invisible Forest" (Scientific American Magazine, August 2002 Issue, Page 54-58) bring valuable knowledge of this hidden ocean forest from the climate change perspective.
This classic scientific article also discusses ways how possibly humanity helper phytoplaktons can possibly be farmed to increase the natural role that they already play by absorbing nearly half of the CO2 produced by human activities to be found in the atmosphere.
The other issue is of course the increasing presence of harmful greenhouse gas called "methane" in the atmosphere. Increasing presence of Methane gas in the atmosphere can at some point in future become a "trigger" to a runway heat retention capacity accelerating the presence of heat in the environment.
Methane (same as natural gas) then becomes a trigger to increased rate of global warming.
This topic is a serious concern for human survival on earth, and continued intense study by scientists around the globe today.
The issue of methane sources in the atmosphere that have been measured, and mitigation options are still not clearly understood but none the less a major concern among those who are knowledgeable.
Falkowki's research and possible mitigation options taking advantage of the humanity helpers of the hidden forests of the ocean is worthy of consideration for thoughtful,
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This challenges ahead will likely increase dramatically for next generation, our children and grandchildren to understand what is already know to our generation's Seek Wisdom in Hidden Ocean Forest from the work of such valuable wisdom already presented by such important and valuable work Ocean Drifters: A secret world beneath the waves (Firefly Books, 2011) and the classic Scientific American Article, "The Ocean's Invisible Forest" (Scientific American Magazine, August 2002 Issue, Page 54-58).
It is now time for those of us who seek to make a contribution to trigger a positive change for lthe living to Seek Wisdom in Hidden Ocean Forest and Know Sea Drifters Who Can Make Survival of Humanity Possible Beyond Mid_21st Century
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
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