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Apart from the bacteria, single celled animals
and plants are the most prolific on earth, inhabiting every aquatic
niche on the planet. Those in the surface waters of the oceans are
amongst the most beautiful. Many resemble exquisite jewellery, glassware,
cosmic constellations, nebulae and even galactic explosions. The
plant versions capture sunlight and give off oxygen. The animal
versions devour all sorts of living and dead animals and plants
in the plankton community. Many form whole beaches, geological strata,
reefs, oozes and sediments. Many are crucial in helping geologists
date the planet’s great prehistoric epochs.
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