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Oceans under the macroscope

Phytoplankton are marine algae that support all ocean life, so it is important to understand the processes that control their distribution, abundance and diversity. Macroecology offers a way to do so.

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Figure 1: Biomass of chlorophyll from phytoplankton in surface waters of the northwest North Atlantic Ocean, the area investigated by Li3, in two-week periods in 2000 and 2001.


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Belgrano, A., Brown, J. Oceans under the macroscope. Nature 419, 128–129 (2002).

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