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each panel. Only a portion of this, the introduction, is shown below.
This resource is much more important for the
survival of this planet than all the rainforests and prairies put
together. The microscopic plants of the sunlit surface waters of
the oceans capture more oxygen than all other life forms. These
are the organisms most likely to be affected by global warming,
climate change and manís indiscriminate and careless pollution of
the oceans. Not only are they incredibly important, they are miracles
of design and structure. Victorian microscopists recognised this
and converted millions into microscope slides. Those illustrated
in image number two are just such an example. Many of the colours
are structural - like oil on water.
All images are approximately x15,000.