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Photo of the Week: Penguins, Plankton, and Argonne's Advanced Photon Source

June 14, 2013 - 11:11am

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For years, researchers have known that certain elements of phytoplankton can possibly trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and remove iron from the ocean, but little is known about how iron is cycled and removed from the ocean. Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source is helping scientists study climate by measuring the ratio of iron and silica in phytoplankton in Antarctica's Ross Sea. In this photo, a couple of Adelie penguins are checking out some of the samples of phytoplankton collected by researchers in Antarctica. | Photo courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology.

For years, researchers have known that certain elements of phytoplankton can possibly trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and remove iron from the ocean, but little is known about how iron is cycled and removed from the ocean. Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source is helping scientists study climate by measuring the ratio of iron and silica in phytoplankton in Antarctica's Ross Sea. In this photo, a couple of Adelie penguins are checking out some of the samples of phytoplankton collected by researchers in Antarctica. | Photo courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology.

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