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Plankton Patterns

Graphite I have been working on shrinking and simplifying some of my plankton drawings and turning them into geometric patterns that could be used as layers in the prints that I plan to make based on...
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Polychaete Larvae

Graphite and colored pencil Adult polychaete worms live in the sediment on the sea floor, but their larvae live as zooplankton before settling to the bottom to live in the mud. The larvae on the right...
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Barnacle Nauplii

Graphite Some zooplankton spend their whole lives as plankton, but others are only plankton for certain stages of their lives. Many benthic (sea floor) creatures have larvae that live in the water...
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Pteropods

Graphite Pteropods are tiny planktonic sea snails. They swim by flapping their wing-like feet and eat by straining phytoplankton and smaller zooplankton from the water. Many of them spend the daytime in...
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Chaetognath

Graphite Chaetognaths or arrow worms are predatory zooplankton that eat copepods and other smaller zooplankton and also fish larvae. They are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, but they are still...
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Copepods

Graphite Copepods are one of the most common zooplankton in the Chukchi Sea. The scientists on this cruise have been seeing more of them than any other zooplankton. Most copepods graze on phytoplankton...
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Ceratium Dinoflagellate

Colored Pencil Dinoflagellates are the second largest group of phytoplankton after diatoms. They can move somewhat by using their flagella and many of them migrate daily between the surface where there...
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Nitzschia Ice Algae

Colored pencil and graphite Nitzchia is another ice algae diatom. It forms chains, star shapes, and complex patterns, and its more flattened shape gives it more surface area to absorb light since there...
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Melosira

Acrylic ink, colored pencil, and graphite Melosira is an ice algae diatom that lives in the sea ice and forms long chains that hang down into the...