Marine green slime to save the planet
A group of 30 scientists, led by a biologist from Israel's Weizmann Institute, spend a month adrift in the north Atlantic Ocean in hopes of unlocking the ecological secrets hidden in simple, slimy sea algae.
As the northern hemisphere sweltered in summer, more than 30 scientists, led by an Israeli biologist, were spending the month of June on a ship in the north Atlantic Ocean. Their mission: to find green slime. Or more specifically – blankets of phytoplankton: single-cell algae that grow in masses on the ocean's surface. These blankets can grow to thousands of square kilometers.