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16.What happened to the sea floor algae and plants?If fewer organisms areeating them, shouldn’t their numbers have increased? Why are they rare now? Hint:Like all plants, what do the sea floor algae and plants need to grow? How do morefloating algae limit this important resource that sea floor algae and plants need?Explain.
17.How does this food web connect to the present-day problem of high nutrientlevels in the water? (Hint: Oysters filter the nutrients, microbes and floating algae fromthe water.) Use the food web to explain what happened to their numbers and why.
18.Based on your answer to question seventeen make a hypothesis for howcatching oysters affects floating algae levels?
19.What type of data would you need to collect in order to test your hypothesis?Hint: You would need to compare historic and present day data on two elements ofthe ocean. What are those elements?
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