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Waiting in Winter Darkness

MCM scientists discovered that algae in Antarctic lakes remain active and retain their photosynthetic pigments in spite of the absence of light. This winter activity allows them to begin to photosynthesize as soon as the sunlight returns in the spring.

Southern lights over Lake Bonney in April 2008.
Primary productivity and chlorophyll-a changes during the transition to polar night in east lobe Lake Bonney, Antarctica.



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