Chicken Big by Keith Graves

By Keith Graves

On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a really small rooster laid an enormous, vast egg. And out of this egg got here one large, humongous . . . whatever. "It's big!" clucked the little hen. "It's enormous!" clucked the small chook. "It's anelephant!" peeped the smallest fowl. "Run in your lives!" they cried. regardless of how they struggle, those clueless chickens can't make experience of the large new member in their familyuntil he saves the day. With wacky, laugh-out-loud humor and silliness to spare, this colossal twist at the vintage Chicken Little tale lends an entire new viewpoint to what it capability to be fowl.

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The surface of the sea is usually warmer than the adjacent land in winter and cooler than the land in summer. The oceans 32 Physical and Chemical Oceanography Thermohaline circulation transports and mixes the water of the oceans. In the process it transports heat, which influences regional climate patterns. The density of seawater is determined by the temperature and salinity of a volume of seawater at a particular location. The difference in density between one location and another drives the thermohaline circulation.

Many of them are microscopic and single-celled. The growth of these organisms, which photosynthesize light, depends on a delicate balance between nutrient enrichment by vertical mixing, often limited by the availability of nitrogen, and the availability of light. Some of the thousands of kinds of phytoplankton swim feebly by lashing a whiplike thread appendage called a flagellum. The dinoflagellates are known for their bioluminescence, or phosphorescence, a “cold light” similar to that of fireflies.

The growth of phytoplankton frequently removes all nutrient elements—principally nitrogen, phosphorus, and silicon—from the surface waters. In spring and summer, the surface waters are warm and light and do not easily mix with the cold, heavy deep water. So new nutrients are not available to the surface waters. 45 Investigating Earth’s Oceans The tiny plants and plant like organisms called phytoplankton are the principal food source of the sea. com/Thinkstock Upwelling and Downwelling Eventually the blooms fail for lack of food, and the organisms die and sink into the depths.

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