Why does dust cause plankton to grow?



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    “After the dust is deposited on the sea surface, the nutrients dissolve in the sunlit region of the ocean and are used by the phytoplankton to multiply.”

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    The iron minerals that get blown into the sea during dust storms improve plants’ ability to use organic or “recycled” material from dead or decaying plants when nutrients such as phosphorous – an essential component of DNA – in the ocean are low. The iron, in other words, “fertilizes” the plankton. This can be a harmful process to many other organisms in the ocean, however, because it allows plankton and other types of algae to gobble up all the nutrients in the water much faster than usual, leaving less for fish and other animals, and resulting in algal blooms that suck oxygen from the water.

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