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Slime : how algae created us, plague us, and just might save us

Author: Ruth Kassinger
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don't know is that without algae, none of us would exist. There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Crude oil is made of dead algae, and algae are the ancestors of all plants.  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kassinger, Ruth, author.
Slime
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019
(DLC) 2018044781
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Kassinger
ISBN: 9780544432932 0544432932
OCLC Number: 1045471666
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: xv, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Section I: In the beginning --
Pond life --
Something new under the sun --
Algae get complicated --
Land ho, going once --
Land ho, going twice --
Looking for lichens --
Section II: Glorious food --
Brain food --
Seaweed salvation --
On a grand scale --
Welshmen's delight --
A way of life --
Flash! --
Spirulina --
Section III: Practical matters --
Feeding plants and animals --
In the thick of it --
Land ho, going thrice --
Stuff --
Oil --
The algae's not for burning --
Ethanol --
The future of algae fuel --
Section IV: Algae and the changing climate --
Gad zoox --
Saving the reefs --
A plague upon us --
Clean-up --
Making monsters --
Geoengineering.
Responsibility: Ruth Kassinger.

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Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don't know is that without algae, none of us would exist. There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Crude oil is made of dead algae, and algae are the ancestors of all plants. Today, seaweed production is a multi-billion dollar industry, with algae hard at work to make your sushi, chocolate milk, beer, paint, toothpaste, shampoo and so much more. In Slime we'll meet the algae innovators working toward a sustainable future: from seaweed farmers in South Korea, to scientists using it to clean the dead zones in our waterways, to the entrepreneurs fighting to bring algae fuel and plastics to market. With a multitude of lively, surprising science and history, Ruth Kassinger takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes, and into-the-kitchen tour. Whether you thought algae was just the gunk in your fish tank or you eat seaweed with your oatmeal, Slime will delight and amaze with its stories of the good, the bad, and the up-and-coming."--Page [2] of cover.

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