Thursday, May 12, 2011

Biology of Cloud Formation


Scientists discover missing links in the biology of cloud formation over the oceans.

Sulfur compounds are produced by bacterioplankton as they consume decaying algae in the ocean. A sulfur compound dimethylsulfide, or DMS, goes into the atmosphere, where it leads to water droplet formation.

Scientists discover missing links in the biology of cloud formation over the oceans
A simplified graphic shows the process by which bacterioplankton send sulfur found in decaying algae into the food web or into the atmosphere, where it leads to water droplet formation -- the basis of clouds that cool the Earth. Credit: Chris Reisch, University of Georgia


Details:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-scientists-links-biology-cloud-formation.html



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