65 – Cocco Mandala

Coccolithophores "Cocco" Mandala by Nannotax
Coccolithophores “Cocco” Mandala by Nannotax

Today we enter into the microscopic world of coccolithophores. I found this fascinating mandala-like image on Nannotax 3’s web site.

Yet again, Mother Nature proves to be quite the amazing artiste. I love how the angular patterns form the circles, and as the “circles” build upon themselves, they come together to form a sphere-shaped organism. This one’s a beauty.

For those of you, who like me, are new to coccolithophores, NASA’s Earth Observatory web site  defines them as:

Like any other type of phytoplankton, coccolithophores are one-celled marine plants that live in large numbers throughout the upper layers of the ocean. Unlike any other plant in the ocean, coccolithophores surround themselves with a microscopic plating made of limestone (calcite). These scales, known as coccoliths, are shaped like hubcaps and are only three one-thousandths of a millimeter in diameter.

On their web site, Nannotax 3 describes their objective as:

…to provide an authoritative guide to the biodiversity and taxonomy of coccolithophores – a beautiful group of microscopic planktonic algae with an abundant fossil record and a key role in the global carbon cycle.

For me, I just love the artsy side of science-y stuff.

Happy Coloring!

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