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phytoplankton blooms and diatoms

GREEN LIGHT  The thinning and melting of Arctic sea ice allows more light to reach the waters below, which may spawn more and more phytoplankton blooms (right). Typically the thick, opaque ice prevents the blooms, which can consist of diatoms such as these (left).

New Zealand road

SHAKE UP  A magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit New Zealand last year altered the landscape. The temblor jumped between two faults thought to be too far apart for a quake to cross, new research shows.

image of Arctic sea ice on March 7, 2017

This year's maximum extent of Arctic sea ice, reached March 7 (shown), is the smallest peak extent ever seen.

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