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Diatoms are microscopic algae. They inhabit fresh and salt waters and are among the most abundant of all phytoplankton. An example of diatom art—practiced since Victorian times—of arranging diatoms pleasingly. Thanks, freaky Victorians!

Artistic microscope slides produced in the Victorian era by arranging hundreds of tiny diatoms into intricate patterns, often moved by a single hair.

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/43658/title/Image-of-the-Day--Dazzling-Diatoms/ single-celled algae called diatoms

Their bright colors and intricate shapes make single-celled algae called diatoms a perfect medium for microscopic art Image of the Day: Dazzling Diatoms

Victorian Exhibition Mount of Arranged Diatoms, imaged using Darkfield lighting techniques

Victorian Exhibition Mount of Arranged Diatoms, imaged using Darkfield lighting techniques

A Victorian arranged collection of diatoms

A Victorian arranged collection of diatoms

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These microscopic creatures make a good chunk of the plankton in the Ocean. As seen on Psychedelic Diatoms, Deep Blue Home

Radial and pennate diatoms are arranged in a molecular arrangement by a 19th century slide mounter, photographed under a microscope with differential interference contrast illumination.

Radial and pennate diatoms are arranged in a molecular arrangement by a century slide mounter, photographed under a microscope with differential interference contrast illumination.

microscopic planktonic algae diatomes form 11-fold geometric mandala

I'm going to learn to weave and then I'm going to make a tapestry of these diatoms. Diatom Art - Diatom Assortment, Sems by Steve Gschmeissner

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Diatoms: Image of a Exhibition-Diatom' [in Darkfield, Phase Annulus Plan Objective]; an arrangement by master diatomist Klaus Kemp of the United Kingdom.

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Microscopic Art: Stunning Kaleidoscopic Arrangements of Diatoms By ...

Marine diatoms are one of the smallest creatures on Earth. UK-based biologist Klaus Kemp and filmographer Matthew Killip teamed up to showcase these minuscule organisms' diverse beauty. Credit: K laus Kemp Diatoms are single-celled organisms found.

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