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Amazing marine and freshwater diversity

about 06Microscopic phytoplankton blooms sequester one third of carbon emissions each year, and feed the aquatic food chain from shrimps to whales. Macroalgae (seaweeds) are found in the sea and on the seashore - in rockpools we readily spot green, red and brown fronds. There are an incredible array of algae, from dancing colonies of Volvox, diverse dinoflagellates, stunning diatoms and chalk-forming coccolithophorids, to enormous kelp forests in all aquatic environments.

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