Colony of micro-algae off Argentina (CREDITS : NASA)
Oceans are a critical ressource
The weight of oceans on both climate, ecosystem equilibrium and economy is more than overriding. Moreover, they are an important carbon resource because of its microscopic plant life (phytoplankton). Oceans absorb 30% of the carbon dioxide componing our atmosphere while producing 50% of oxygen on Earth.
In addition to their crucial involvement in decreasing and capturing CO2, microalgae are the basis of the underwater food chain. Such a small cell with so much influence !