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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