The Secret, Bizarre, and Amazing World of Plankton





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Published on Apr 19, 2013

On April 13, 2013 the MIT/WHOI Broader Impacts Group made their debut at the Science Carnival at the Cambridge Science Festival with their booth "Making the Invisible Visible: The Secret, Bizarre, and Amazing World of Plankton".

The art and science of their watery realm was explored through a live microscope demonstration, jaw-dropping video footage, and an activity to build your own Super Plankton refrigerator magnet.

Why are plankton important?
The term plankton comes from the Greek word "Planktos" meaning wanderer or drifter. Plankton are tiny plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) that are incapable of swimming against major currents in the ocean. Although plankton are so small that they go unnoticed to the naked eye, they are some of the most important and oldest marine creatures out there! Plankton influence atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and our global climate -- they provide roughly half of the oxygen that we breathe! These tiny organisms have left behind their mark on our planet for millions of years, including beautiful geological deposits like the massive White Cliffs of Dover, as well as key natural resources in oil and gas reserves.

Photos and Video: Alexis Fischer
Music: TRAILS AND WAYS - "Mtn Tune"

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