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Planktology is the science and teaching about organisms that float in the ocean and freshwater, which are labeled plankton. It is a section of oceanography. it is also covering topics like primary production, predator prey relationships[?] and energy flow[?]. Especially the flow of carbon is a hot issue in the last years. Plankton drives the "biological pump", a process by which carbon is transported to the abyss by the help of the physiology of the organisms. Such processes are important in the discussions about carbon sequestration, a big hope to catch some of the carbon which is currently accumulating in the atmosphere due to anthropogenic[?] combustion of fossil fuel (Anthropogenic global warming). Modern planktology also includes now more and more the behavioral aspects of the life adrift, engaging modern in situ[?] imaging devices, like in the LEO project, some even allowing the public to participate online.

composed image with phytoplankton and zooplankton

is often spelled falsely as planctology

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