Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM

Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM

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Caption: Calcareous phytoplankton. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the external mineralised structure (coccosphere) of a small marine algal organism called a coccolithophore (Pontosphaera japonica). The coccosphere is made up of coccoliths, which are individual plates of calcite crystals. Collected off Hawaii. Specimen diameter 22 micrometers.

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