An international research expedition is currently taking place to study the impact of the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull on the marine life in the North Atlantic Ocean. Scientists are, for example, keen to determine whether iron in the volcanic ash may have stimulated the growth of phytoplankton.
According to the BBC’s online coverage, the expedition will take five weeks, half of which is now completed, mbl.is reports.
A similar expedition took place last spring and samples that were taken show an increased level of iron in the ocean.
Eric Achterberg at the British Marine Research Institute told the BBC that the volcano in Eyjafjallajökull produced one hundred million cubic meters of ash. A large portion of the ash ended up in the ocean.
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