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Biological Stirring of Oceans Reveals Long-standing Life

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Studies of ocean mixing reveal more evidence that Earth has been designed to sustain long-standing life. To maintain large-scale biological activity in the oceans and mediate CO2 exchange with the atmosphere, the deep and shallow waters must be continually mixed. Until recently, scientists believed that only physical, non-life-based processes were responsible for ocean mixing. But new measurements in a British Columbia coastal inlet demonstrate that krill ascending during dusk increased turbulence by three to four orders of magnitude. Further work suggests that biological organisms may account for up to half of the necessary deep-ocean mixing. Such intricate dependencies between biological and non-biological processes to maintain a productive biosphere are predicted in RTB’s creation model, in which a supernatural Designer works to prepare Earth for advanced life.

o   Eric Kunze et al., “Observations of Biologically Generated Turbulence in a Coastal Inlet,” Science 313 (2006): 1768-70.


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Dr. Fazale Rana

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana