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Date:7/21/2008

ld be able to keep captured carbon solids from returning to the surface in the short term.

"The most appropriate places are probably not the high latitudes but rather the low-latitude areas where nitrogen fixation is a predominant process," Capone said.

But Capone also noted the risks of iron fertilization, including increased production of other greenhouse gases and unpredictable effects on the food web.

Nevertheless, he said, "if we choose as a human society to fertilize areas of the oceans, these are the places that probably would get a lot more bang for the buck in terms of iron fertilization than we would at high latitudes."


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