SEM of a Blue Mussel Shell

SEM of a Blue Mussel Shell

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Caption: Scanning electron microscope of a Blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) shell. The shell of a mollusc has a tough exoskeleton formed from calcium carbonate (aragonite or calcite). It evolved as a protective barrier to predators. Magnification: 3,740x at 30 um wide.

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