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Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic: radium-228 levels doubled in last decade

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January 3, 2018 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution read ScienceDaily article here

Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole, they discovered that the levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade.

The finding indicates that large-scale changes are happening along the coast — because the source of the radium is the land and shallow continental shelves surrounding the ocean. These coastal changes, in turn, could also be delivering more nutrients, carbon, and other chemicals into the Arctic Ocean and lead to dramatic impacts on Arctic food webs and animal populations….

Lauren E. Kipp, Matthew A. Charette, Willard S. Moore, Paul B. Henderson, Ignatius G. Rigor. Increased fluxes of shelf-derived materials to the central Arctic Ocean. Science Advances, 2018; 4 (1): eaao1302 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao1302

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