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Biologically “Fixed” Atmospheric Nitrogen Important for Oceans

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A team of American scientists found that biological fixing of atmospheric nitrogen is a major component of oceanic nitrogen. Their discovery provides additional evidence that a supernatural Intellect is responsible for Earth’s capacity to support life and for life’s fitness to the environment. Apart from light, sufficient usable nitrogen is the biggest constraint on the biological productivity of primary producers (such as algae) in the ocean. Since nitrogen is continually lost to the deep ocean, it must constantly be replenished. It was long thought that the major replenishment came from recycling the lost nitrogen. The team showed that biological fixing of atmospheric nitrogen contributes as much or more useful nitrogen to certain areas of the ocean as recycling processes. The cooperation of geological and biological processes to sustain maximal oceanic life provides additional testimony of the planning and design of a super-intelligent, supernatural Creator.  

o   Douglas G. Capone et al., “Nitrogen fixation by Trichodesmium spp.: An important source of new nitrogen to the tropical and subtropical North Atlantic Ocean,” Global Biogeochemical Cycles 19 (2005): doi:10.1029/2004GB002331.


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