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February 6, 2014 5:14 PM   Subscribe

Arranged Diatoms, via -> via
posted by the man of twists and turns (14 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

Those are gorgeous. They remind me of old-fashioned floor tiles, or marble floors with inset patterns. If I could have a floor like that I would just go nuts.
posted by Joe in Australia at 5:18 PM on February 6

posted by jacquilynne at 5:22 PM on February 6

Wow, these are wonderful. Thanks.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:29 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

Was this done by hand? Just looking at it is giving me sympathetic arm pain, criminy. Absolutely lovely.
posted by lucidium at 5:55 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

So is this a *thing* among micro-sealife biologists? Two of them apparently got awarded prizes, was there a Victorian fad for microscopic still lifes? I want the background now.
posted by tavella at 5:57 PM on February 6

Ooh diatoms are so beautiful.

More of that sort of thing.

And more!

posted by louche mustachio at 6:00 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

They remind me of extremely small scale sailor's valentines
posted by Ferreous at 6:30 PM on February 6

Nice. My wife's boss earned his doctorate studying diatoms. I'll make sure he sees this.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:58 PM on February 6

Plates from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur (1904)
Posters (not all diatoms) • T-shirts
posted by 0rison at 7:11 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

All I got was some rocks.
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:12 PM on February 6 [2 favorites]

Gorgeous. It's like a Rose Window of science.

Amazing that was all done on slides...
posted by maryr at 7:59 PM on February 6

Diatom slides were popular in the Victorian era. We still use them as test slides for microscopy. If you want to get one made, this is the one source I know.
posted by pombe at 8:22 PM on February 6

Oh wow, pombe. Bicycle!
posted by maryr at 8:54 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

Wow, that site is a classic! Remember how awesome frames seemed back in the 90's? Those simple, home-rolled sites are getting rare.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:59 PM on February 7

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