Most people don’t get excited about algae. After all, these ancient organisms are so small they typically aren’t visible with the naked eye. But don’t judge a chlorella by its external membrane. Did you know facts about algae that microalgae can be found in a wide variety of consumer products you use every day? Or that they can play an important role in helping to reduce global warming, climate change, and deforestation?
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Read on for a list of fascinating facts about Algae some of the world’s oldest organisms.
- Microalgae help generate the oxygen we need to breathe.
- Microalgae are everywhere.
- Algae are the original oil producers.
- Microalgae oil is a source of healthy and vital fat for humans.
- All higher plants have descended from microalgae.
- Sushi is made with algae.
- Microalgae could help feed the world’s growing population.
- Microalgae oil is an excellent candidate to help the world become less reliant on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- The oceans cover about 71% of the Earth’s surface, yet algae produce more than 71% of the Earth’s oxygen; in
fact, some scientists believe that algae produce 87% of the world’s oxygen. They also help remove huge amounts of Carbon Dioxide.
- Some algae are so cool, they can live in the snow.
- Some algae can live in boiling hot water, like yellow, green, and orange algae in Yellowstone National Park.
- Did you know facts about algae that Oxygen was poisonous to the organisms that populated the early Earth. By producing oxygen, the first algae may have created the greatest toxic waste crisis in history.
- The descendants of some of the first algae probably live inside your cells.
- Some algae seem more like animals than plants.
- Some algae even hunt and kill fish for food!
- Algae may have caused one of the most famous miracles in the Bible.
- Algae is a one-celled plant that can grow in your pool if conditions are favourable
- There are over 20,000 known varieties of algae
- Algae are mainly found in marine or freshwater environments
- Algae produce oxygen which other aquatic life uses.
- Did you know facts about algae that Algae are important to humans in the form of food and medicine.
- Algae are vital in many food chains acting as the primary producer of organic matter.
- In some areas of the Indian ocean the sea surface lights up at night. It is so bright that one can read a newspaper. This light is caused by tiny sea algae, the Dino-flagellata. Sometimes the lightened surface has a diameter of more than 1.5 km.
- Algae are used in many wastewater treatment facilities, reducing the need for harmful chemicals, and are used in some power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
- Red algae are important members of coral reefs. Red algae are unusual among the algae because they can include in their cell walls calcium carbonate which makes the plants hard and resistant to wear.
- Brown algae are found mainly in the tidal zones of temperate to polar seas, but some exist in the deep ocean. Among the brown algae are the largest and most complex of the algae; well-known forms include the giant kelp and the free-floating sargassum weed.
- Algae have chlorophyll and can manufacture their own food through the process of photosynthesis.
- Kelps are the largest algae’s. They can be more than 200 feet.
- It is the major food for fishes.
- Oxygen was poisonous to the organisms that populated the early Earth. By producing oxygen, the first algae may have created the greatest toxic waste crisis in history.
- Fossilized Algae are used to make dynamite.
- Algae may be able to help save the planet.