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plank·ton

(plangk'tŏn),
A general term for many floating marine forms, mostly of microscopic or minute size, which are moved passively by winds, waves, tides, or currents; it includes diatoms, algae, copepods, and many protozoans, crustacea, mollusks, and worms.
[G. planktos, wandering]

plankton

[plangk′tən]
Etymology: Gk, planktos, wandering
nearly microscopic floating or weakly swimming organisms (both photosynthetic and nonphotosynthetic) found in lakes and oceans that provide the initial level in the food chain for aquatic animals.

plank·ton

(plangk'tŏn)
A general term for many floating marine forms, mostly of microscopic or minute size, which are moved passively by winds, waves, tides, or currents.
[G. planktos, wandering]

plankton

the organisms inhabiting the surface layer of a sea or lake, drifting with the current. Many planktonic organisms are capable of locomotion but are not sufficiently strong swimmers to move against the currents. Members of the plankton vary in size from unicellular organisms to large jellyfish, 1m or more in diameter. Compare NEKTON.

plankton

a collective name for small animal and plant (phytoplankton) organisms that drift passively in all natural bodies of water. The starting point of the aquatic food chain. Called also microalgae.
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This study therefore presents the initial results obtained by continuous plankton sampling with the use of the VOR, towed by vessels of the industrial fishing fleet in the southeastern and southern regions of Brazil.
Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus "are organisms that you've never heard of, but you really should have," says Adam Martiny of the University of California, Irvine, who studies these plankton.
Calcispheres, planktons, inoceramids and filaments are recognised as dominant skeletal grains embedded in micritic matrix.
The study specifically focuses on highly elusive forms of this fish group that ate plankton.
The OSU scientists might enlist your eyeballs for a citizen science project aimed at identifying the plankton found in the world's oceans.
Filled with humorous, quirky, colorful underwater portraits of all characters, "The Little Red Octopus" tells the story of how the Little Red Octopus requested help to make a plankton cake from her friends, the lazy blue Turtle, the fluttery pink Puffer Fish, and the two sneaky Green Eels.
WASHINGTON (CyHAN)- Scientists confirm that summertime plankton blooms in the Southern Ocean add significantly to generating brighter clouds, which in turn impacts global warming.
WASHINGTON, Sha'ban 3, 1436, May 21, 2015, SPA -- Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe, Reuters reported.
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