Phytoplankton. (n.d.). In YourDictionary. Retrieved from https://www.yourdictionary.com/Phytoplankton
Plankton consisting of free-floating algae, protists, and cyanobacteria. Phytoplankton form the beginning of the food chain for aquatic animals and fix large amounts of carbon, which would otherwise be released as carbon dioxide.
From phyto- + plankton. From Ancient Greek φυτόν (phuton, “plant”) + πλαγκτόν (plankton), neuter of πλαγκτός (planktos, “wandering”). However, they are no longer classified as plants, so the terminology is showing a historical meaning.
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Marine phytoplankton - Rich in natural minerals and vitamins, it supports a healthy heart.
That is, the concentration of H-ions decreases and that of the HO-ions increases; the water becomes more alkaline because the carbonic acid of the bicarbonate has been abstracted by the phytoplankton to the extent that normal carbonate is left.