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Unformatted text preview: Slide of satellite shots of Earth showing chlorophyll from outer space: o You can see blooms of microorganisms the movement of El Nio over the Pacific is visible via the changing growth of microbes. o Earth looks really different from outer space because of microbes. Microorganisms have been on Earth for about 3.8 billion years o Thats the majority of Earths existence as a planet. o Microbes can grow anywhere on Earth, in an astounding variety of conditions. Metabolic diversity o Microbes can eat and breathe just about anything sulfates, nitrates, metals (they can even eat rocks!). o From all this, they create biomass, which feeds the entire food chain. All of this is essential in terms of energy and the environment....
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course MCB MCB2010 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09