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One tiny marine plant makes life on Earth possible: phytoplankton. These microscopic photosynthetic drifters form the basis of the marine food web, they regulate carbon in the atmosphere, and are responsible for half of the photosynthesis that takes place on this planet. Earth's climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, and as our home planet warms, so does the ocean. Warming waters have big consequences for phytoplankton and for the planet. More Information on this topic available at: http://climate.nasa.gov/esw Release Date: 08 October 2009 Animator: Megan Willy (IRC/UMBC) (Lead) Video Editor: Maria Frostic (UMBC) Interviewees: Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC) Michael Behrenfeld (Oregon State University) Narrator: Troy Cline (Raytheon/GSFC) Producer: Maria Frostic (UMBC) Scientists: Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC) Michael Behrenfeld (Oregon State University) Videographer: Megan Willy (IRC/UMBC) Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center