Mollusc shell, SEM

Mollusc shell, SEM

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Caption: Mollusc shell, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The shell of a mollusc is a tough exoskeleton formed from calcium carbonate (aragonite or calcite). It evolved as a protective barrier to predators. Magnification: x5348 when printed 10 centimetres high.

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