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What is the function of the phytoplankton in ocean ecosystems?
Phytoplankton play a key role in the ecology of the marine ecosystem and changes in their patterns of distribution and abundance can have significant impact on the entire ecosystem Because the animals all the way up the food chain [ ultimately depend on the supply of phytoplankton at the base, if the plankton disappear, the chain is broken and eventually the animals will suffer. Life in the ocean is a delicate balance between the physical conditions that set the stage for life to exist, and the ability of life to act upon that stage. plankton picturePhytoplankton have a major
role in the global carbon cycle Although phytoplankton account for approximately 50% of the photosynthesis on this planet, over 99.9% of all the carbon dioxide that has been incorporated into living things over geologic time is buried in marine sediments, indicating that phytoplankton play a very important part in regulating the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. ]
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