A Very Marine Xmas!
At the very bottom of the marine web of life, are tiny plankton that drift seemingly aimlessly with the ocean’s currents. Phytoplankton are responsible for 50% of the earth’s photosynthesis, and fix a 100 million tons of CO2 each day. Remarkably, every 2-6 days, the entire biomass of plankton is consumed by filter feeders, from barnacles to baleen whales. Did you know that the distinctive smell of “sea air” is from chemicals given off by decomposing phytoplankton?
Micro Marvels: In homage to these remarkable creatures, scientist Dr. Richard Kirby made this composite Christmas card entirely from plankton: paddle worms, sea angels, protozoa and jellyfish (read more here: http://goo.gl/GAv5lG).
Delightful Doggerel: My Christmas jingle is just for fun, inspired by Chemistry Carols from the Wesleyan University page (http://goo.gl/QKTjfX). More fun Lab Carols from the staff of ASBMB can be found here: http://goo.gl/rkxW7s .
Over to You: Go ahead, be a sport. Share your science-y holiday verse here 🙂