Diatom, SEM

Diatom, SEM

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Caption: Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a diatom. Diatoms are single-celled photosynthetic algae, of which there are about 100, (frustules) that contain silica and provide protection and support. The diatoms form an important part of the plankton at the base of the marine and freshwater food chains. Magnification: x999 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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