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Cryptodendrum adhaesivum

Cryptodendrum adhaesivum

Asthenosoma marisrubri

Asthenosoma marisrubri

Astropyga radiata

Astropyga radiata

Life Below the Sea.

Life Below the Sea.

Golden sea squirt (Polycarpa aurata), Pulau Badas, Indonesia

Golden sea squirt (Polycarpa aurata), Pulau Badas, Indonesia

Cross Section of Sea Shell

Cross Section of Sea Shell

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Coccolithophores are microscopic algae that first appeared 220 million years ago, and flourished during the cretaceous period.  They produce peculiar plates called cocoliths out of calcium carbonate, and  incorporate them into an external shell.  They constantly remove carbon from the atmosphere as they die and sink to the ocean floor, producing chalk.  This is an important feedback system in the global carbon cycle.    Seriously, how does cellular machinery produce these structures?  Life…

Coccolithophores are microscopic algae that first appeared 220 million years ago, and flourished during the cretaceous period. They produce peculiar plates called cocoliths out of calcium carbonate, and incorporate them into an external shell. They constantly remove carbon from the atmosphere as they die and sink to the ocean floor, producing chalk. This is an important feedback system in the global carbon cycle. Seriously, how does cellular machinery produce these structures? Life…

Waves of Natural Sandstone Colors Make Up "The Flame" in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Waves of Natural Sandstone Colors Make Up "The Flame" in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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