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Posts tagged plankton

August 7, 2017


As the plankton died, they fell to the ocean floor where they consolidated into mud, and then, over time, into the white chalk seen today.

The White Cliffs Of Plankton

Naturally formed chalk rock could be described as a graveyard for plankton.

October 23, 2015




The pyrosome proves reality is stranger than (science) fiction: This deep-sea creature is a glowing tube made up of tiny clones called zooids.

June 26, 2014


There are some 5,000 species of phytoplankton adrift in the world's oceans.

Phytoplankton, The Ocean’s Carbon-Grubbing Skin

Plankton aren't just the foundation of the ocean's food chain; they're also really important for getting carbon dioxide out of the air.

July 13, 2012



Whale Sharks

A fifty foot shark sounds pretty terrifying, but unless you are plankton, this shark is harmless as a clam.

July 22, 2011


Freshwater Lake Forming In Arctic Ocean, Environmentalists Worried

An ocean is the last place you'd expect to find a freshwater lake...

June 24, 2011


The Physics Behind A Ship’s Wake

There's physics and science behind a ship's wake.

May 20, 2011


Estimating How Much Carbon Dioxide Was Available To Plankton

Scientists have reconstructed a one hundred thousand-year history of carbon dioxide.

May 6, 2009


Sea Slugs That Really Are What They Eat!

In some species, up to half the sugar produced by the captive chloroplasts is passed to the sea slug.

October 21, 2004


Dead Zones in the Ocean

Are there dead zones in the ocean? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 2, 2004


A Smooth Wake

Have you ever wondered why a ship's wake is smooth with all the waves around it? Find out on this Moment of Science.

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