Polite reminder: Earth is a tree planet with some bacteria. Everything else is just the extra stuff that lives here too.

@InvaderXan I guess algea falls under plants here? and plankton split amongtn that and bacteria. I suspect a lot of biomass there...


plankton • algae 

@wmd Plankton is an umbrella term for a variety of mostly microscopic ocean life. It includes all kinds of things from bacteria and archaea to tiny arthropods to larval forms of other sea creatures. Weirdly, a few larger things are technically plankton too, like jellyfish!

Algae is a similarly informal term with no particular definition. It covers a variety of photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms, some single celled, some more complex (like kelp). Most algae are plants, but some protists are also considered algae. Cyanobacteria are usually excluded from this group though, even though they're colloquially called "blue-green algae".

I'm pretty sure these are some old terms, which is why they don't really match modern classifications.

plankton • algae 

@InvaderXan I know, just thinking they might take up a lot of biomass and curious how that amount relates to that of trees and other plants. Do you have more infographs like this?

@wmd I'm afraid not, though that would be quite an interesting comparison to make.

@InvaderXan Found this image that's kinda interesting.

Seems a lot less than I expected.

From: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomass_

Which I find a bit confusing, seems like there -could- a shit (giga) tons of biomass also on the ocean floor which I think isn't counted in this diagram.

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