Shifting Baselines

Shifting Views of Marine Algae

Yesterday, the New York Times ran a profile of Sylvia Earle and the marine environment, which included some wonderful photographs and a nice introductory anecdote about how, in 1953, when Earle began studying algae, the marine plants and related microbes were often considered weeds or worse. Today, Earle says that one type — Prochlorococcus — releases countless tons of oxygen into the atmosphere and provides the oxygen for “one in every five breaths we take.” Read the full article here.

Comments

  1. #1 Don
    January 14, 2009

    This NYT thing is Sylvia Earle hagiography. She is cool, but “algae” are a much richer topic than Prochlorococcus. At least some discussion of eutrophication, dead zones, and interactions of algal growth with other organisms

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