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Phytoplankton as Green Machines

Phytoplankton as Green Machines

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, March 4, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, space science, marine life, sustainability, environment, climate change

                                          String of Marine Phytoplankton (credit: National Ocean Service)

Phytoplankton are essential to life on Earth. These single-cell, marine plants have contributed at lease 50%, and possibly up to 70%, of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere. Phytoplankton are at the base of all other food webs in the oceans. Without these photosynthetic micro-algae, life would never have left the oceans to evolve on land. Our health, and the health of the oceans, is interconnected to the sustainability of these tiny plants.

NASA has produced a primer on phytoplankton that becomes more and more relevant considering the rate that climate change is evolving and the impacts to them being observed now.

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