Scientists Use Sea Monkeys and Lasers to Show That Tiny Organisms Help Drive Ocean Currents
(Click to enlarge) A time lapse of migrating sea monkeys (white) and particles suspended in the water (yellow) reveals large, swirling currents created by the swimming animals that mix the surrounding water. (Credit: M. Wilhelmus and J.O. Dabiri/Caltech)
Even though they’re only a few millimeters long, brine shrimp — otherwise known as sea monkeys — could have as much influence on global ocean currents as the wind and the moon.
(From The Washington Post / by )–Scientists are always trying to better understand how ocean currents flow. Because the ocean is our largest natural reservoir for carbon, more accurate models of ocean movement will increase the accuracy of climate change predictions. Studies primarily focus on movements caused by the wind and the moon, but new research published Tuesday in the journal Physics of Fluids zooms in on some very tiny swimmers.
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