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Name: Amanda
Status: other
Grade: other
Location: GA
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Date: 6/22/2005

Can photosynthesis happen in a bright full moon?

No, according to the following site, moonlight is not strong enough for photosynthesis.

" *moonlight is 1/50,000 the intensity of sunlight"

"*moonlight is too weak to support photosynthesis"

Anthony Brach Ph.D.

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