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Diatoms

Diatoms

Postby Smileyguy » 10/17/04

I know its only natural that the animals get more attention, but his board is called "Marine Plants & Animals" so here's a collection of pictures of the most beautiful marine plants in the world - the diatoms. Diatoms are single-celled algae with an outer "glass" coat made of silica.

The huge silicon deposits in silicon valley are down to diatoms. Silicon valley was once covered by an ocean rich with diatoms. They died and there hard coats fell to the sea bottom, where they became the silicon deposits that are there today since the sea level dropped.

Asterionella is a personal favourite of mine, pictured below. I was first introduced to it when examining some water from a canal near my university under the microscope.

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More photos follow...

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Sorry if this takes up alot of bandwith Dave, you can delete them shortly if you must.
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Postby David » 10/17/04

Beautiful! Post all you like, the photos are on another server so our bandwidth is not effected. I have a small section on diatoms too on The Forests of the Sea page at http://marinebio.org/oceans/forests/

I've been trying to get a plankton net myself to take photomicrographs of plankton here in Galveston... would like to have great photos and information on all common plankton some day.
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Gorgeous!

Postby Joni » 10/21/04

Hi Smileyguy -

I just did the new "creature quiz" on our homepage and was directed to the er... :oops: correct answer in your post. I guessed green algae.

Just wanted to say that your photos are gorgeous!! Like jewels of the sea more beautiful than pearls. Keep up the great posts!

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Postby David » 11/15/04

Here's another great Diatom site (as well as for Dinoflagellates, etc.):

Checklist of phytoplankton in the Skagerrak-Kattegat
http://www.marbot.gu.se/SSS/diatoms/diatom_frame.htm
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Re: Diatoms

Postby SeaNomad » 3/18/12

Beautiful! I love these!
:crab: I'm not crabby- I'm crustaceous! :lobster:
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