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Phytoplankton Exploration

Phytoplankton are simple yet incredibly diverse. Many convert carbon dioxide into oxygen while underpinning the marine food web. Impressive feats for microscopic, one-celled organisms!

NASA has monitored their dominant pigment, chlorophyll, for decades. With PACE's advanced technology, we will also be able to discern the composition of phytoplankton communities. This is important because not all "phytos" are created equal: most are helpful but a few are harmful; some provide excellent nutrition to predators while others are less tasty; and some species are particularly good at moving carbon to the deep ocean.

Use the tools below to better understand the marine ecosystem that we call "Phytopia."

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