Thoughtful Thursday: An Ode to Algae

Published July 10, 2014

Did you know? Marine plants, specifically photosynthetic algae, produce between 70 and 80 percent of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Ocean Oxygen Pictograph

While trees get most of the credit, it’s also thanks to seaweed and algae that we can continue to survive! Similar to the important role plants play on land, marine plants are heavily relied on in the ocean as a source of food and protection.

There are over 7,000 different identified species of algae that live in both fresh and salt water environments. Together, these algae produce over 300 BILLION tons of oxygen every year!

In recent years, scientists have discovered that dissolved oxygen is a critical indicator of how climate change is impacting our ocean.

To learn more about the critical role algae plays in our lives, click here.

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