The diatomic art of A.L. Bigger


A Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, the late Albert Leon Brigger is noted for his artistic arrangements of diatoms, a type of unicellular algae comprised of nearly 100,000 different species.


Laboring over a microscope and lens, Bigger’s work was painstaking, as diatoms are among the smallest organisms on earth. 


Diatoms are one of the most common types of phytoplankton, which reside in the upper-most layer of any sunlit body of ocean, sea or lake. Phytoplankton are also responsible for producing much of the oxygen in our atmosphere, equaling almost half the oxygen produced by all plant life.


(featured image by W.M. Grant)


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Kristian strives to enlighten and entertain readers. In addition to his teaching and editorial responsibilities, he is working on a science-fiction novel that promises not to include exoskeleton suits and anemic aliens floating in mysterious vats of green-tinted goop.

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