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Climate Change Clues from Tiny Marine Algae -- Ancient and Modern
Description: Microscopic ocean algae called coccolithophores are providing clues about the impact of climate change both now and many millions of years ago. A study found that their response to environmental change varies between species, in terms of how quickly they grow. Coccolithophores, a type of plankton, are not only widespread in the modern ocean but they are also prolific in the fossil record because their tiny calcium carbonate shells are preserved on the seafloor after death -- the vast chalk cliffs of Dover, for example, are almost entirely made of fossilised coccolithophores. [Source: ScienceDaily]
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Source: ScienceDaily
Publish Date: 2/4/2013
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