Diatom algae. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of marine diatom algae. Diatoms form a large part of the marine phytoplankton, the tiny plants that form the basis of the marine food chain. Diatoms are single-celled algae known for the intricate shells (frustules) that they produce around themselves.
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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