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The Research:Diatomica,Chettles Yard, Nottingham

 

Left: A selection of various diatoms microrganisms found in water -  images collected  from science magazines;  National Geographic , Nanotechnology websites

home made collecting equipment
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river Leen sluice!
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logging observations
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Artist in biocity lab with terry and stella S
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artist experimenting withmini grasss mounds fo lan
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diatom inspired grass mound
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artist in her on site  'studio'
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Diatoms: a major group of eukaryotic algae and are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. Most diatoms are unicellular although they can exist as colonies in the shape of filaments or ribbons. Diatoms are fundamental to the food chain as they take energy from the environment in the form of sunlight or inorganic chemicals and use it to create energy-rich molecules such as carbohydrates. The study of diatoms is of vital  importance in the field of nanotechnology but most importantly in relation to this proposal, diatoms are a valuable tool for monitoring environmental conditions and are commonly used in studies of water quality and indicators of environmental change in wetlands and peatlands, - Tracking fish, seabirds, and wildlife population dynamics with diatoms and other liminological indicators’

artist collecting and examinging water samples, developing mini grass landforms

images from national geographic diatom tower