Antarctica News 2

Antarctic News 2

Look at the frost flower sample taken by the Jeff Bowman team in Antarctica here. One possible life form is the bacteria, polarbacter. What do they look like?

Image source: Gosink, Woese and Staley. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 1998 48:223-235.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about algae?

http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/images/diatoms_in_the_ice.jpg
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/essay_krembsdeming.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

And sea-ice diatoms?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://spg.ucsd.edu/antarcticareu/Pics/wildintrocss/phyti.jpg
http://spg.ucsd.edu/antarcticareu/wildlife.htm

Answer: And why are these creatures, some of whom are phytoplankton, important?
Antarctica Wildlife

Phytoplankton Info NOAA
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  2 comments for “Antarctica News 2

  1. September 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    The phytoplankton are important because they are are eaten by zooplankton who are eaten by krill, whales and larger organisms.

  2. Tish81
    September 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Phytoplankton is very important because they have a responsibility of providing all of the food for the marine ecosystem also another HUGE responsibility is that they provide the air we breath!!!! Without them we would not be alive because there would be no air for us to breath.

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