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Fossils: Plankton changed diets to survive dinosaur-killing asteroid

plankton species relied exclusively on sunlight for energy — but the skies were blocked out by dust and debris following the impact event. ‘This blackout or shutdown of primary productivity …

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World’s oceans are capturing twice as much carbon as previously thought thanks to microscopic carbon-loving plankton that float down to the ocean depths, study claims

This phytoplankton, which consumes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen just like plants, is present in the ocean’s sun-lit surface area – known as the ‘euphotic zone’. Phytoplankton then enters the …

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Calls to end seismic testing off NFLD and Labrador as plankton levels plunge

A dramatic drop in the number of plankton in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador … “There is a significant and unacknowledged potential for ocean ecosystem function and productivity to be negat…

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Building blocks of ocean food web in rapid decline as plankton productivity plunges

They’re teeny, tiny plants and organisms but their impact on ocean life is huge. Phytoplankton and zooplankton that live near the surface are the base of the ocean’s food system. Everything from small …

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Green ice in Antarctica’s Ross Sea is due to plankton | Daily Mail … – Daily Mail


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Green ice in Antarctica's Ross Sea is due to plankton | Daily Mail …
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The green ice floating in Antarctica's Ross Sea is an entirely natural phenomenon. The green color in the ice is caused by phytoplankton at the water's surface, …
Strange Green Ice Seen Floating in Antarctica's Ross SeaLive Science

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The mystery of Antarctica’s GREEN ice: NASA images reveal strange phenomenon caused by plankton – Daily Mail


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The mystery of Antarctica's GREEN ice: NASA images reveal strange phenomenon caused by plankton
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A wide view of Antarctica's Granite Harbor – a cove in the vicinity of the Ross Sea. The green floating ice is caused by phytoplankton at the water's surface. They typically flourish in waters around Antarctica in the Southern Hemisphere's spring and
Strange Green Ice Seen Floating in Antarctica's Ross SeaLive Science

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How did plankton end up on top of Antarctica’s mountains? | Ars … – Ars Technica


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How did plankton end up on top of Antarctica's mountains? | Ars …
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Since 1984, researchers have been arguing about what to make of tiny ocean plankton shells sitting atop the Transantarctic Mountains. That is obviously not a …

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How did plankton end up on top of Antarctica’s mountains? – Ars Technica


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How did plankton end up on top of Antarctica's mountains?
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And what might their presence tell us about Antarctica's past? The researchers who initially discovered the surprise diatom shells found them mixed in with glacially deposited sediment. They argued that the shells told a pretty big story. Around 3
Antarctic Mystery Solved?Lab Manager | News (press release) (blog)

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Observing Arctic ice-edge plankton blooms from space – Science Centric

What effects future shrinkage in sea-ice will have on the ecology and biogeochemistry of the Arctic Ocean are still largely unclear, as Dr Yool explained: ‘It is quite possible that ongoing climate change will lead to ice-free summers in the Arctic within …
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