Two weeks ago a red dust storm swept across Australia and dumped thousands of tons of soil into the Tasman Sea. The Tasman Sea is located between Australia and New Zealand. The infusion of the red dust into the surrounding waters ignited an explosion of microscopic life within the sea.
Scientists who have been studying this phenomena, have indicated that the addition of red dust into the ocean’s, has resulted in an increase in plankton growth. Plankton is a key food group for many of the ocean’s fish. The increase in plankton growth has validated the plans to seed the oceans with nitrogen to increase the yields of fish. The findings of their research could go a long way to feeding the ever growing world population. The Ocean Technology Group, at the University of Sydney, state that the influx of nitrogen into the world’s oceans could result in curbing global climate change. This would be an additional benefit to raising the plankton levels from the added nitrogen into the oceans. The red dust storm at its peak carried 140,000 tons of red soil an hour from central Australia into New South Wales and the Tasman Sea. Sydney itself received 4000 tons of red dust from the storm on September 23, 2009. Researchers at the Ocean Technology Group estimated that the growth of plankton within the Sydney Harbor, and up to ten kilometers off shore, tripled in growth once the storm ended. All within a two week period after the storm ended. Other parts of the world should try to replicate this natural feat. If indeed this can be replicated, it can go a long way to restoring the balance of the ocean’s food chain. Particularly with the ability to fuel plankton growth. Nature is definitely lending a helping hand here, in showing us a way to help restore the ocean’s of the world.