Close-ups of algae from the Central Californian intertidal! Even after hanging out in a water bottle for ~1 month in my fridge, some features are still distinguishable, like ancient art work! That’s some hardy biological material. Next time for the fresh stuff… #foldscope
Can you guess what this is? Hint: it’s leftover from a puddle of seawater. It’s sea salt! We all know the ocean is salty, but in these photos you can actually see the salt crystals that remain after ocean water evaporates. #foldscope
You might know that some of the products you use every day contain ingredients that come from the ocean. From calcifying microorganisms to algae, marine ecology plays a role right in our homes. Carrageenen, for example, is a thickening agent that is extracted from red algae. Products that often contain ocean-borne ingredients are sunscreen, makeup, and toothpaste….