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How microorganisms drive water convection

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Biomixing in natural bodies of water is a controversial topic. The initial excitement about organisms mixing oceans with their swimming motions has subsided, and biomixing is now regarded as insignificant in the context of ocean mixing. But bioconvection driven by density difference between organisms and surrounding water, with vertical motions by organisms providing the necessary energy input to maintain convection, is conceptually more sound. This paper is an excellent example of combining field work with numerical experiments to test out a hypothesis.

Article Category
Research Letters
Oceans

Bacteria‐induced mixing in natural waters

T. Sommer, F. Danza, J. Berg, A. Sengupta, G. Constantinescu, T. Tokyay, H. Bürgmann, Y. Dressler, O. R. Sepúlveda Steiner, C. J. Schubert, M. Tonolla, A. Wüest
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| DOI:
10.1002/2017GL074868
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