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How Important Seaweed Is To Ocean Life (Elsewhere, Too)

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Of all the fascinating creatures in the sea, one of the most important has neither fins nor tentacles nor eyeballs, and doesn't even move.  If you guessed seaweed, you guessed well. 

It's not really a weed, but a form of algae.  And it comes in thousands of varieties, many of them packed with nutrients good for many other creatures on the Earth. 

Seaweed harvesting is becoming a bigger business in Maine, and that's where Susan Hand Shetterly takes us in her book Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge.  The author visits for a brief visit underwater with this most distinctive of sea entities.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.