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Diatoms are microscopic algae composed of separate halves, with delicate siliceous cell walls.

Diatoms are microscopic algae composed of separate halves, with delicate siliceous cell walls. They're usually single-celled organisms, though some live colonially. They inhabit fresh and salt waters and are among the most abundant of all phytoplankton.

Diatom frustules Science Image  Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Mastogloia splendida (oval) and Navicula palpebralis (elongated) diatom frustules. Magnification: x2,490 when printed 10cm wide

Diatom frustules Science Image Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Mastogloia splendida (oval) and Navicula palpebralis (elongated) diatom frustules. Magnification: when printed wide

Diatom, SEM (Pascal Bircher)

(these things never cease to amaze me! Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Campylosira grevilsi diatom

A Navicula diatom. I must have a one track mind - it looks like a pendant to me :)

A Navicula diatom. I must have a one track mind - it looks like a pendant to me :)

SEM Mastogloia splendida (oval) and Navicula palpebralis (elongated) diatom frustules.

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the diatoms Mastogloia splendida (oval) and Navicula palpebralis (elongated). Magnification: when printed 10 centimetres wide. Credit: Power and Syred / Science Photo Library

Diatom. Light micrograph of a centric (circular) marine diatom (Aulacodiscus sp.) with an intri- cately patterned cell wall

A diatom! Light micrograph of a centric (circular) marine diatom (Aulacodiscus sp.) with an intricately patterned cell wall

Antique Victorian Microscope Slides - Diatoms

Antique Victorian Microscope Slides - Diatoms

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