Almost all plants survive by a remarkable process which converts sunlight, water, and air into food. This incredibly complex process is called photosynthesis and is only found in living plants. Biologists have recently discovered a type of lake algae that not only feeds itself through photosynthesis, but also eats bacteria.

The average alga will consume an incredible one-third of its weight (or 36 bacteria) every hour. This would be equivalent to a 150-pound person eating 1,200 pounds of food per day! The cells of the alga were designed to share a fibrous casing with flagella (whiplike tails) coming out of the top of the casing. These flagella force water into the casing, allowing the cells to consume the bacteria contained within the water.

The entire process of an alga plant capturing and digesting living bacteria is extremely complicated and could not have happened by any step-by-step process of random mutational changes. In addition to keeping the algae alive, this process keeps the bacteria population in check and makes the lake water safe for other creatures. The existence of this unique lake algae points to God's design in the balance of nature.

From A Closer Look at the Evidence by Kleiss, July 9.

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