Wing-mounted instruments on the research aircraft used in the study (Credit: Rainer Volkamer)
A study from the University of Colorado has found large amounts of iodine monoxide over the tropical ocean, according to a release. The compound is important in eliminating carbon dioxide.
Researchers say high concentrations may indicate the presence of a larger recycling mechanism that helps Earth manage its atmosphere. The compound destroys ozone and also lowers methane levels. It can also be beneficial to the formation of clouds, which can help cool the planet.
The research was conducted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, a joint institute of the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was funded by the National Science Foundation.
Image: Wing-mounted instruments on the research aircraft used in the study (Credit: Rainer Volkamer)