Phytoplankton: Arguably the Most Important Life on Earth

Phytoplankton: Arguably the Most Important Life on Earth

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There are incredible creatures living in the ocean that have the power to reshape the planet’s atmosphere – and you’ve probably never even seen them before. These microscopic critters are called phytoplankton, and almost all life, both on land and in the ocean, depends on them.

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