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What is the importance of oceans in GLOBAL WARMING?

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  • Vi
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    Oceans are the greatest natural regulators of carbon, including the greenhouse gas known as CO2, and carbon absorption is determined by molecular diffusion. Warmer oceans absorb less CO2, keeping it in the atmosphere. Melting ice in the polar latitudes increases sea levels, which flood continents.

    Millions of years ago, sea levels were high enough to create epicontinental seas, or shallow seas overlying continents. The temperatures of epicontinental seas fluctuate faster than those of deep oceans, contributing to further warming.

    Terranean stores of methane are often encapsulated in box-shaped molecules called clathrates, which break down in water and release methane into the atmosphere. Methane is another major greenhouse gas that absorbs different frequencies of energy (sunlight) than CO2, making it a very nasty combination.

    Algae does not and should not play a major role in the carbon cycle between the ocean and the atmosphere. Algae blooms caused by chemical pollution in oceans have contributed to the expansion of anoxic zones, or regions where there is no oxygen, which kills off marine life.

  • 1 decade ago

    Global warming is a cult.

    Oceans absorb the green house gas CO2. Algae need CO2 to live. Algae is small plants that live in sea water, and is an important part of the bio system of the worlds ocean. Also Algae has the potential to be used to make oil, biodiesel, and gasoline.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The importance of oceans for the CLIMATE is that they circulate the cooler waters at the poles with the warmer water at the equator.

  • There is no global warming. In fact, it is only 10 degrees here right now. It was cold last summer too and the year before that as well. As for the oceans, there have been no major hurricanes in the US for awhile. There were none this past summer, because it was too cool in the Gulf.

  • Jake
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Oceans have a HUGE importance. They contain algae which absorbs a huge majority of CO2, also CO2 can be solidified and sank in the deep trenches where it becomes permanently trapped. etc etc.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oceans are the primary sinks for CO2 and for heat....they can both take them in and release them.

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