I came across an interesting article in Time of India’s “Times Trends” section by Amit Bhattacharya. I thought of sharing the idea with my readers. The idea is regarding an experiment purposed for cleansing out CO2 Â from environment. In this experiment around 50+ scientists from all over the world are involved.
The word LOHAFEX is loha plus fex. Loha is hindi word meaning iron and FEX is used for Fertilization Experiment. The experiment is also called OIF(Ocean Iron Fertilization).
The experiment is to be carried out in ocean. It will cover around 300 sq Km area of ocean and 20 tonnes of dissolved iron sulphate will be thrown in ocean. The experiment is to be carried out in Southwest Atlantic near Antartica.
Â Purpose of Experiment
The iron spread on ocean will stimulate rapid blooming of Phytoplankton. Phytoplankton is a kind of algae which grows on ocean surface. It takes CO2 from air and converts it to carbon compounds. The plant dies quickly and sinks due to wait of iron. This way Carbon is taken away from our environment for very long period.
Â Results Expected From Experiment
Its expected that about 1 Giga Tons of CO2Â will be cleansed from atmosphere with this $2 million experiment. The CO2Â gas is responsible for global warming. When CO2 Â is buried in ocean, it will help to reduce global warming. If CO2 is buried well below 1000m of ocean with the help of Phytoplankton, it will be isolated for at least few centuries from the environment.
The thing to be worried about this experiment is that, the experiment may have unforeseen consequences. Because this still remains questionable that, what will happen to our environment when Gigs Tons of CO2 starts coming out from below the surface of ocean. Along with the times to come, there are lots of questions to be answered. Let’s see what’s there in the future for our mother earth.