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Algal Antifreeze Makes Inroads Into Ice
March 2, 2011
Sea-ice algae--the important first rung of the food web each spring in places like the Arctic Ocean--can engineer ice to its advantage. The same gel-like mucus secreted by sea-ice algae as a kind of antifreeze against temperatures well below minus 10 celsius is also allowing algae to sculpt microscopic channels and pores in ice that are hospitable to itself and other microorganisms.
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