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Happy Birthday Kate!

We started this morning with a kayak around Setubal Bay. It wasn't just all fun in the sun though, along the way we collected samples of phytoplankton to observe in the lab later.


Students identified diatoms and dinoflagellates firsthand along with copepods under microscopes. They learned that phytoplankton is the basis of the food chain and provides 50% of the atmospheric oxygen we breathe. Not only that, but we learned that our ocean (that's right, "it's all one") also absorbs 25% of the carbon from our atmosphere! It truly is the lungs of our planet!



Later, we celebrated Kate's 17th birthday!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE!! 



Here we go!



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Lab time with the birthday girl.