31 May '15, 1pm

The important role of diatoms in the oceans

The important role of diatoms in the oceans

RELATED ARTICLES The importance of oceanic phytoplankton April 14, 2015 07:52 AM What is the coldest temperature that life can exist? August 21, 2013 06:40 AM Seas to absorb greenhouse gas, but food chain hit November 11, 2007 09:53 PM Seawater Bucket May 6, 2011 01:25 PM A glass of seawater is teeming with life, and recent research reveals more about what ocean water contains. Microscopic creatures in the world's oceans weigh more than all of the fish in the sea and produce about half of Earth's oxygen. Yet the ecology of marine microbes, which are crucial for everything from absorbing carbon dioxide from the air to regulating the productivity of major fisheries, are only beginning to be understood. In a step to understanding this hidden world, University of Washington oceanographers have found that diatoms -- the intricately patterned single-celled algae that exist throu...

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