2016-293 – Coscinodiscus Robustus Mandala

Coscinodiscus Robustus - source: algaebase.com
Coscinodiscus Robustus – source: algaebase.com

This week’s MotD theme: Under a Microscope

Coscinodiscus Robustus is just 1 entry in the 146,136 species and infraspecific names in AlgaeBase.org‘s database. I find it quite intriguing to view with its mandala-like textured surface and its pie crust-like edging. I also find it fascinating how at the smallest level, critters take on a round shape seeming to make it more efficient to maneuver its environment.

From The Evergreen State College about coscinodiscus:

Coscinodiscus is a species of diatom which belongs to a group of ocean algae—phytoplankton. Coscinodisucs is photosynthetic using light to produce organic matter. They are very small, measuring around 150um in length and many can be found within a single drop of water. In fact, hundreds of individual coscinodiscus were observed in a drop of water.  Coscinodiscus and other phytoplankton play an invisible role, its ability to photosynthesize allows it to produce oxygen.

Inspiration for Today

Today’s MotD reminds us that we are supported beyond what our five senses present to us. How many times have we made a positive step forward towards some goal or project and then have something “coincidently” happen to speed up or help the process? We may call it luck or we may call it helping hands from our invisible metaphysical support team.

Happy Coloring!

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