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What is kelp for kids?

Kelp are large seaweeds, belonging to the brown algae and classified in the order Laminariales. Kelp grows in underwater forests (kelp forests) in clear, shallow, oceans, requiring nutrient rich water below about 20 °C (68 °F), it offers a protection to some sea creatures, or food for others.

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In this regard, what does a kelp look like?

What Kelp Looks Like. Kelp is a large greenish-brown plant that can grow more than 175 feet tall. It has many leaves, called blades, which are shaped like swords. At the base of these blades, the plant has “bladders,” little ball-shaped pods that are filled with air and gas.

how does kelp survive? Kelp forests grow best in nutrient-rich, clear waters whose temperatures are between 42–72 degrees F (5–20 degrees C). The water must be clear so that sunlight can reach the ocean floor where the kelp life begins. If the water is too warm (warmer than 20 degrees), the kelp does not thrive as well.

Also to know, why is kelp so important?

Like terrestrial forests, kelp forests provide an extensive ecosystem for many organisms from the sea floor to the ocean's surface. While kelp is food for many organisms, kelp also provides shelter for many forms of sea life.

How does kelp reproduce?

Kelps are designed to reproduce in water through a complex process known as alternation of generations. In this process, the large kelp forms make spores or cells. These spores are released into the water where they are dispersed. This kelp continues to grow until it becomes a giant plant that produces spores.

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