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Coloured SEM of foraminiferan, Elphidium sp


Coloured SEM of foraminiferan, Elphidium sp


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Coloured SEM of foraminiferan, Elphidium sp

Foraminiferan shell. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the test (shell) of the British formaminiferan, Elphidium crispum. Foraminifera are single-celled protozoa which construct and inhabit shells composed of several chambers. These are usually penetrated by pores through which the cellular contents is extruded. The organisms live in the sea or salt-water lakes. The shells form an important component of chalk. In previous geological ages foraminifera occurred in such enormous numbers that their shells, largely of calcium carbonate, have formed immense fossil deposits seen today as limestone. Magnification: x100 at 5x7cm size. x242 at 6.75x4.75ins print

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This print showcases the intricate beauty of a coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a foraminiferan shell, specifically Elphidium sp. Foraminifera are single-celled protozoa that construct and inhabit shells made up of multiple chambers. These shells, often penetrated by pores through which cellular contents are extruded, play a crucial role in the organisms' survival in the sea or salt-water lakes. The British formaminiferan Elphidium crispum is featured here, highlighting its remarkable test or shell structure. These shells have significant geological importance as they contribute to the formation of chalk. In ancient times, foraminifera existed in such vast numbers that their calcium carbonate-based shells accumulated into immense fossil deposits we now recognize as limestone. At a magnification of x100 at 5x7cm size and x242 at 6. 75x4. 75ins print, this image allows us to appreciate the microscopic details and complexity found within nature's smallest creatures. It serves as a reminder of the incredible diversity present in our natural world and offers insight into the fascinating realm of zoology and marine life. This photograph from Science Photo Library provides an opportunity to delve into the wonders of these tiny organisms without commercial intentions but rather with an emphasis on scientific exploration and appreciation for wildlife photography at its finest.

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