Sugar Equivalent To 32 Billion Cans Of Coke Found Under Sea Level

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Sugar Equivalent To 32 Billion Cans Of Coke Found Under Sea Level

Sugar Found In Ocean Bed: Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology have found mountains of sugar under seagrass meadows in the world’s oceans. Seagrass plains are extremely efficient at capturing carbon, and are one of the top carbon capturing ecosystems in the world. According to the institute, one square kilometer of seagrass land stores almost twice as much carbon and 35 times faster than forests. When the sea floor around these grasslands was inspected, a large amount of sugar was found in their soil systems.

there is so much sugar under the sea
Manuel Liebeke, who heads the research group conducting the study at the institute, explains that the enormous amount of sugar is about 80 times higher than the last time the sugar was measured in marine environments. He said, “To put this into perspective: we have estimated that there is between 0.6 and 1.3 million tons of sugar worldwide, mainly in the form of sucrose, in the rhizosphere of seagrasses… That’s about 32 billion cans.” Equals the amount of sugar in Coke!”

Sea grass is dying fast
This is a very new discovery, sea grasslands are one of the most threatened habitats on Earth. According to the institute, they are rapidly decreasing in all the oceans and a third of the world’s seagrass has already been lost.

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