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Migration of Oceanic Plankton - 2/17/15

Feb 17, 2015

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  In the popular cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Plankton is a tiny troublemaker who fantasizes about someday taking over the world. Well, according to the scientists who study these microscopic migrators, they may already have.

For this vast family of plant and animal drifters—most too small to see with the naked eye—comprises up to 75 percent of the primary productivity biomass in aquatic ecosystems.