Tiny little organisms called phytoplankton have a huge impact on Earth's climate.
They are single celled algae and they can soak up 45 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year!!
They provide half of the Earth's oxygen supply.
These creatures have trouble growing in parts of the ocean with low iron concentrations, which is about 30% of the ocean, therefore making it hard for the ocean to absorb more carbon dioxide.
Thankfully there are scientists looking into this, and how it can affect climate change.
One of the scientists explained:
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Children! What are you doing?
These little kids must be channeling Finding Nemo's Dory because algae or not, they just keep swimming.
The green algae–known as enteromorpha prolifera–continues to spread along the waters of China's eastern coastline of Qingdao.
Though it's not poisonous, it can hinder the fishing industry and tourism.
Um, yah… It's definitely not a tourist attraction.
Could you imagine? 'Come one! Come all! Come see the pot lookin-like beaches!!! Five bucks a picture.'
We hope they get some clean water and soon!
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