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Image Caption: Whitings on the west bank of Andros Is.
The white smears known as whitings are areas where CaCO3 in
the form of aragonite are thought to be precipitating
directly from the water column. The exact triggering
mechanism is unknown. Currently a Chinese graduate student,
Yucong Tao, at the University of South Florida, Tampa is
investigating whether there is any seasonal relationship to
this phenomena using Shuttle photography.
This is being looked at as one way that the oceans act as a
carbon dioxide sink.