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Mighty Diatoms: Global Climate Feedback From Microscopic Algae


March 16, 2009

Elena Litchman Tiny creatures at the bottom of the food chain called diatoms suck up nearly a quarter of the atmosphere's carbon dioxide, yet research by Michigan State University scientists suggests they could become less able to "sequester" that greenhouse gas as the climate warms. The microscopic algae are a major component of plankton living in puddles, lakes and oceans. Full Story

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