Ocean “deserts” — where tiny amounts of life subsist on a scant trickle of nutrients — have gotten more extreme in the last 10 years, according to a new study.
Despite widespread uncertainty among scientists, these vast stretches of barren sea could affect the marine food chain, and ultimately impact global fish stocks.
For now, researchers are focusing on determining whether or not human-induced climate change is the driving force behind the expansion.
“It seems like the link with climate is there,” Angelique White of Oregon State University in Corvallis said. “It’s hard to believe it’s not in response to the billions of us living on this planet.”…. Read Full Article by Michael Reilly