Phytoplankton rapidly disappearing from the Indian Ocean

Loss of mini marine plants at base of food web threatens sea’s ecology

WATER COLOR  Oxygen-producing plankton are on the decline in the western Indian Ocean, new research suggests. The work tracked changes in water color across the ocean caused by the presence — or absence — of phytoplankton, such as that seen in this swirling 2013 phytoplankton bloom.

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