Diminutive Plankton Do Heavy Lifting
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Studies of tiny marine organisms provide additional evidence of design in Earth’s biological and geological processes. As a greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide plays a central role in maintaining a habitable environment on Earth. Recently, two marine scientists demonstrated that—contrary to previous thought—plankton smaller than 5 micrometers play a significant role in sequestering carbon in the deep ocean (thus removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere). This process, along with tectonic and volcanic activity, helps recycle nutrients through the biosphere while regulating the atmospheric temperature. Such important interaction between biological and geological processes to ensure a habitable planet comports well with the idea of a supernatural Creator designing Earth as a place to support abundant life.
- Richard T. Barber, “Picoplankton Do Some Heavy Lifting,” Science 315 (2007): 777-78.
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