Be Thankful for Marine Algae

Posted on November 22, 2006  Comments (1)

photo of seaweed - algae

The Most Important Organism?

It is estimated that between 70% and 80% of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants . Nearly all marine plants are single celled, photosynthetic algae. Yup, that’s right, good ol’ scum on the pond”¦green gak”¦..slip slimein’ away. Even marine seaweed is many times colonial algae. They are a bunch of single cells trying to look like a big plant (see seaweed photo), but they are really individuals.

We need marine algae a whole lot more than they need us. Think about it”¦.70% to 80% of all the oxygen we breathe comes from algae!

Photo: “Seaweed are not plants, but are algae. Not only does algae provide much of the Earth’s oxygen, they also are the base for almost all marine life.”

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One Response to “Be Thankful for Marine Algae”

  1. Jayson Anders
    February 3rd, 2010 @ 1:17 am

    There are many people developing open source algae reactors and processing info on the web. Check out algaegeek as a great example.

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