MODEL RELEASED. Biological researcher with a jar that he has been using to collect samples from a marine mangrove forest. Mangrove trees anchor themselves in submerged mud and breathe using specialised roots called pneumatophores, which protrude above the water's surface. The tangled mesh of roots provides a habitat for a wide variety of animals and plants, and many young animals live in the mangroves until they are large or fast enough to evade capture in deeper waters. Sampling such as this improves the understanding of how the ecosystem works. Photographed during French Auracea mission to northern Mozambique.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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