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04/12/2011

April Marks Carbon Explorers’ Tenth Anniversary

SourceLBNL TABL

Launched for the first time at Ocean Station PAPA in the North Pacific on April 10, 2001, two Carbon Explorer floats designed by Jim Bishop of the Earth Sciences Division sampled the fate of carbon in the ocean depths, then returned to the surface to report by satellite, soon making the very first observation of plankton blooms fertilized by iron in wind-blown dust. It was the beginning of a spectacular, ongoing series of discoveries made by Carbon Explorers in the North and South Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans. Bishop plans three cruises this summer, using improved Carbon FLUX Explorers with new sensors. “Next year we return to PAPA,” he says, “with both Carbon Explorer and Carbon FLux Explorers.”

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