Photosynthesis in Water

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Photosynthesis is not only responsible for the production of food on land, but also for manufacturing microscopic single-celled plants called phytoplankton in the oceans. Phytoplankton is responsible for the nourishment of the entire marine food web. The lives of all animals that live in the sea -- with the exception of hydrothermal vent organisms (See box “Sulfur-Based Life”) -- depend on phytoplankton for energy and minerals. The rate of photosynthesis is highest, not at the surface, but at a depth of about 10-20 meters where light intensity is not too high. As we go deeper, the rate of photosynthesis slows and eventually stops.6
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Photosynthesis in Water Photosynthesis is not only responsible for the production of food on land, but also for manufacturing microscopic single-celled plants called phytoplankton in the oceans. Phytoplankton is responsible for the nourishment of the entire marine food web. The lives of all animals that live in the sea -- with the exception of hydrothermal vent organisms (See box “Sulfur-Based Life”) -- depend on phytoplankton for energy and minerals. The rate of photosynthesis is highest, not at the surface, but at a depth of about 10-20 meters where light intensity is not too high. As we go deeper, the rate of photosynthesis slows and eventually stops.6

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