Monday, September 6, 2010

From the not quite ready to be poster children department

This is kind of old news, at least in internet time, but it was recently submitted to a board I haunt.

Being at the bottom of the food chain doesn't sound very sexy, until a person realizes that it also means being the foundation for life.

It's hard to use microscopic diatoms as poster children for a cause, the way whales and polar bears are used, but in the grand scheme of things, these little critters are exponentially more important than anything else on earth.

Sadly the article never discussed whether disappearing phytoplankton was a cause or an effect of the rapid ocean acidification.

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