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ClimateBits: El Niño

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Published on Oct 13, 2015

Designed to play on Science On a Sphere, this video explains El Niño and its impact on the marine food web. Wind-driven upwelling in the eastern equatorial Pacific normally lifts nutrients to the sunlit surface to fertilize phytoplankton blooms. El Niño disrupts this pattern, causing famine across the marine food web. A big El Niño is developing in 2015, shown in satellite images of warmer sea surface temperatures and less chlorophyll - the green pigment in phytoplankton. For more information, visit http://climatebits.org

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