Effects of iron fertilization on krill populations

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This document is an unpublished review paper that explores the effects of iron fertilization of the oceans on krill populations. It uses peer-reviewed literature to make points and even has an abstract and proper references.

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AbstractIron fertilization is slowly being recognized as a necessary activity in todays world,however, some of the primary reasons of its rejection is the unknown effects it may have onthe marine ecosystem. Massive iron enrichment experiments conducted in the open oceanshave thrown light on some of the answers however, much still remains in the darkness. Oneof these unknowns is the effect of iron fertilization induced phytoplankton blooms on krilland copepod populations, both important species, commercially as well as ecologically. Toanswer this question, a review of literature was conducted and it put forth the idea that ironfertilization should theoretically improve krill populations in the oceans. It would therefore,also lead to an increase in other commercially valuable species. This increase would finallybe able to recover the cost of fertilizing our oceans, and also promote the usage of this globalwarming mitigating process.Page|1What is the effect of artificial phytoplankton blooms, induced by iron fertilization, onkrill populations?IntroductionPhytoplankton are unicellular, marine, and photosynthetic organisms that are very much likeplants on land and are considered to be the lungs of the ocean. These organisms form the baseof the marine food web, supplying all the other animals in the ocean with usable energy.Crustaceans, on the other hand, form a large group of arthropods, with animals as familiar ascrabs and lobsters being part of the

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