Poopy seabirds help spread nutrients around the world.
New research suggests that seabirds are full of junk – an important source of nutrients in coastal areas.
Bird droppings are also known as bird droppings, and are filled with key plant-based foods such as nitrogen and phosphorus, which can produce a lot of things when the seabirds get together to breed. According to the published this week in the journal nature communications research, each year more than 1.3 billion pounds and 218 million pounds (591 million kg) of nitrogen phosphorus (99 million kg) to run in this mass of feces.
Knowing exactly how many nutrients the seabirds suck can help scientists predict what might happen in the environment if birds die. In addition, there is an important water body of nutrients in the estrus. Too little, and the species that rely on these food sources may be in trouble. Too many, you can get dangerous, at least unpleasant algal blooms, suck oxygen out of the water and kill the fish. So it’s important to know where nitrogen and phosphorus come from – and some of it must come from seabirds.
“It’s really fascinating,” said Scott Winton, an aquatic chemist at the federal institute of technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Winton did not participate in the study, but instead studied how seagulls spread nutrients from landfills to nearby waters. “I love stories like this.”
Often we hear about nitrogen and phosphorus loss, because agricultural or human waste can cause too much water to seep into the water, leading to death zones like the gulf of Mexico. But it is also important to know about other sources of nitrogen and phosphorus, such as seabirds, extracting food from the ocean, digesting it, and transporting it back to land. The nitrogen and phosphorus in the stool can seep into soil, underground reservoirs, rivers and lakes, and oceans.
So researchers led by Miguel Angel huerta-diaz of the autonomous university of California, in Mexico, want to know just how many millions of seabirds are in the world. Researchers by counting the number of birds breeding grounds, different kinds of home time, and the size of the individual birds, the researchers found that birds of nitrogen and phosphorus are roughly the same number and fishery industry. But, for example, there is not enough nitrogen in the legume crop. (beans take nitrogen from the air and pump it into the soil in particular.) More phosphorus is leaching from rocks and sediments than from bird droppings.
Still, every source of nutrition is important to understand the delicate balance of keeping the ecosystem healthy. This is particularly important when scientists are trying to understand how climate change will affect water quality in the future. They now get millions to millions of pounds of nutrients from bird droppings and add them to the model.