Diatom alga, SEM

Diatom alga, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the surface of the mineralised cell wall (frustule) of an unidentified diatom. This is a planktonic unicellular alga. The frustule contains silica and provides protection and support. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: alga, algae, algal, botany, coloured, diatom, diatoms, frustule, honeycomb, lattice, nature, network, phytoplankton, plankton, planktonic, plant, scanning electron micrograph, sem, siliceous, single-celled, surface, unicellular

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