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Balancing the ocean carbon budget

How exactly does the ocean -- the Earth's largest carbon sink -- capture and store carbon? The answer to this question will become increasingly important as the planet warms and as we try to get ahead of a runaway climate scenario. A study on lesser-known carbon sequestration mechanisms aims to refine understanding of how carbon moves in the ocean. Achieving this precision is at the heart of a new study. It discusses relatively lesser-known -- but no less significant -- mechanisms of ocean carbon sequestration. They are known as "particle injection pumps," a multidimensional approach to accounting for carbon movement in the deep ocean. The growing body of knowledge will be essential for generating state-of-the-art models that can more accurately predict how the ocean will respond to a changing climate.

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