Scientists have discovered a massive number of tiny organisms at the bottom of oceans that previously were thought to be limited in numbers, greatly expanding their reach and impact.

The tiny organisms found at the bottom of the ocean play a huge role in ensuring that life underwater can continue. On one hand, they greatly impact the presence of oxygen in the water, and greatly improve the cleanliness of the water. Even some of the more questionable organisms, like bacteria’s and viruses are actually considered a positive part of the overall tree of life underwater. That’s why scientists have been so concerned for so long when it comes to the warming temperatures.

Climate scientists have always known that there was a severe pinch happening underwater, as temperatures rose, and the organisms in our oceans were left to figure out the rest. Another thing that climate scientists have known for some time is that humans are playing a massive role in pushing climate change along, which is fueling the warmth of our oceans. This massive warming trend is something that can be stopped, but something that people haven’t allowed to happen. Between corporate interests and the pure politics of stopping global warming and climate change – it simply hasn’t materialized the way it needs to.

Now though, there is even more overwhelming evidence that the change needs to happen soon, as scientists have uncovered just how many organisms are actually living down there – and how important they are to the ecosystem under the surface of the water in our oceans. Dr. Chris Bowler, of the National Centre for Scientific Research points out that with this research, “We have the most complete description yet of planktonic organisms to date: what’s there in terms of viruses, bacteria and protozoa – we finally have a catalogue of what is present globally.”

The study went on to point out that the plankton that are found at the bottom of the ocean account for around 90% of the entire span of ocean life. However, Dr. Bowler went on to point out that plankton weren’t the only thing that was discovered and documented throughout this study. He went on saying, “For the viruses, we describe about 5,000 virus communities – only 39 of these were previously known. And for protists – unicellular organisms – we estimate something like 150,000 different taxa. There are about 11,000 formally described species of plankton – we have evidence for at least 10 times more than that.”

Dr. Stephen Palumbi, a marine biologist with Stanford University pointed out though that the scope is significantly greater than what scientists originally thought. He said, “A lot of what we didn’t really ever see before in the ocean are predators and parasites, zombies and vampires that are floating through this incredible set of diversity, battling it out.” He continued by pointing out, “All these tiny little critters add up to something that is really a part of the way our planet operates.”

The sheer scope and volume of what was learned through this study is something that doesn’t have any limits right now. The additional learning and research is something that will give scientist a bigger base to work from than they ever had before.

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  1. 5,000 virus communities – only 39 of these were previously known
    unicellular organisms – we estimate 150,000 different taxa
    11,000 species of plankton – we have evidence for at least 10 times more than that

    Climate scientists have ALWAYS KNOWN (?) that there was a severe pinch happening underwater, as temperatures rose, and the organisms in our oceans were left to figure out the rest.

    climate scientists have known for some time is that humans are playing a massive role in pushing climate change along, which is fueling the warmth of our oceans

    Dr. Stephen Palumbi, a marine biologist with Stanford University pointed out though that the scope is significantly greater than what scientists originally thought.

    Dr. Palumbi is a marine biologist who is commenting on this study that found 5k new viruses, 150k taxa, and maybe 1 million more species of plankton. It shows there are MANY species, animals and eco-systems that scientists are not aware of.

    There are no climate scientists named or quoted that have always known humans are warming the oceans. Might they be wrong? could it be the warming waters are helping these newly discovered species? Could they be causing the warming? Plankton (there might be 1 million UNDISCOVERED) convert carbon dioxide into oxygen – which would help get rid of the CO2 blanket that will warm the earth THEORY.

    Political babble in this article is not supported by the discoveries in the study.
    Fact: Humans pollute the earth, air, and water.
    Fact: Climate is changing.
    Fact: Humans cannot stop climate change. They can make things worse but not better.
    Fact: Even if humans had the technical know how, THEY LACK THE WISDOM TO USE IT RIGHT.

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