Evaporating Universe

June 2, 2011

A new study reveals bacterial genes that influence sulfur gas flux from seawater; the research could have implications for understanding the role of ocean bacteria in cloud formation. Check out this press release posted on Astrobiology Magazine.

 

A simplified graphic shows the process by which bacterioplankton send sulfur found in decaying algae into the food web or into the atmosphere, where it leads to water droplet formation—the basis of clouds that cool the Earth. Credit: Chris Reisch, University of Georgia

 

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