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 3D Diatoms

by Wim van Egmond

 
Diatoms are microscopic algae. Some of the colonial types have strange three dimensional shapes. The diatom pictured on this page is of the genus Guinardia. This diatom, found floating in marine plankton, forms a delicate spiral. It is not easy to watch the colony under the microscope since the chain of individuals breaks easily when handled.

Each spring the diatoms bloom in the ocean. The water colours yellow-brown because of the enormous quantities of the phytoplankton. The background image shows such a bloom containing spiraling forms.

Diatoms are magnificent lifeforms to study under the microscope. More can be read about them on 'the smallest page on the web' in the article about diatoms.

A variety of microscopic organisms from the sea can be found in the Virtual ocean

The next page shows More 3D diatoms. Licmophora, a fanshaped sessile colony.

 

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