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Microorganisms duke it out within algal blooms
Description: Researchers sampled water off the coast of Southern California over the course of five months, almost every day shortly after an algal bloom occurred, and found that the cloud of microorganisms is anything but uniform. Instead, they found traces of a constant battle between dozens of species, with the fortunes of war favoring different organisms on a daily basis. Not only do the tiny organisms, known as phytoplankton, make up the base of the food chain in the ocean, they also are the planet's main scrubbers of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. [Source: EurekaAlert!]
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Source: EurekaAlert!
Publish Date: 2/29/2016
Reading Level: Basic
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