Story: Sea floor geology

Foraminifers (3rd of 3)

Foraminifers

These photographs were taken with an electron microscope, and show in remarkable detail the surface of three foraminifers found in sediment. The two ball-like clusters are minute plankton which live at the ocean surface. The flatter shell is a form that lives on the seabed.

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Keith Lewis, Scott D. Nodder and Lionel Carter, 'Sea floor geology - How sediment forms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5614/foraminifers (accessed 20 June 2019)

Story by Keith Lewis, Scott D. Nodder and Lionel Carter, published 12 Jun 2006