The findings suggest that shrinking multi-year ice in the Arctic could lead to growth of microalgae and greater uptake of atmospheric carbon. This is reported by TASS with reference to a study in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters.
The Siberian shelf seas study results let scientists conclude that in the near future in the Arctic, a reduction in the CO2 amount in the atmosphere is possible, since it is the vital activity of a growing population of algae that can lead to a more active absorption of organic carbon that these organisms consume.
Additional observations should help to definitively understand the dynamics of nutrient transport in the Arctic.
Scientists previously concluded that the melting of frozen swamps would make the soil in the Arctic more nutritious. There is an assumption that the Arctic could heat up sharply due to earthquakes.
Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko