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Week 26
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what are phytoplankton?

Earth Observatory, NASA

By Rebecca Lindsey and Michon Scott Design by Robert Simmon July 13, 2010

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Derived from the Greek words phyto (plant) and plankton (made to wander or drift), phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that live in watery environments, both salty and fresh.

Some phytoplankton are bacteria, some are protists, and most are single-celled plants. Among the common kinds are cyanobacteria, silica-encased diatoms, dinoflagellates, green algae, and chalk-coated coccolithophores.…[continue reading here]