Study links plankton blooms to earthquakes

Date: 1/8/2006

A team of US and Indian scientists have found a link between concentrations of chlorophyll in coastal waters and the occurrence of earthquakes. The increases in chlorophyll are the result of blooms of plankton, which use chlorophyll to convert solar energy into chemical energy via photosynthesis. The scientists analysed satellite data from coastal areas near the epicentres of four recent earthquakes and determined chlorophyll blooms might provide early warning concerning an impending earthquake.

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