Green algae occur in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats. Some green algae are biochemically significant carbonate producers, and certain lipid-rich green algae are sources of petroleum deposits and modern renewable fuels (Hall, 2010) and a main source of food for the Hudson water food web.  They are one of the most common species in New York City’s Hudson River waters, but are rarely studied. Metropolises like New York City are highly affected by radiation which leads to warmer temperature in the city than rural areas (Greg, 2003).

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