98.9 MB (7.5 MB compressed)
7200 x 4800 pixels
61.0 x 40.6 cm ⏐ 24.0 x 16.0 in (300dpi)
RICHARD BEECH PHOTOGRAPHY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RICHARD BEECH PHOTOGRAPHY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Macro photograph of an abalone shell. Abalone are marine snails that have shells which are of a low, open spiral structure. The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of nacre (mother-of-pearl), which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong, changeable colours.
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