Wallpaper Tuesday


A slight departure from the norm, but this photo is so lovely I had to post it. This is sand…magnified at 250x.

And looking at the coral and sea urchin spines, I’d guess sand from a tropical location. What beauty lies beneath our feet…

(Click the image to embiggen. Hat tip to Alma.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to Wallpaper Tuesday

  1. Power Wench says:

    Reminds me of a lab test I one had in Invertebrate Zoo. Each student was given a small dish holding a little bit of beach sand and told to identify 10 phyla in the sand. Horrors! Impossible! But it turned out to easier than it first appeared.

    • oregon expat says:

      What a cool story (and test). I see four phyla in this photo alone — maybe more, because I don’t know what the two little spiky things are — so a small dish ought to be brimming.

  2. Sandra Berry says:

    Some of nature’s ornaments of beauty.

  3. Jorge says:

    You get to find more or less all of this if you go get a sample at the local beach, although most of the stuff there will be tiny quartz crystals. But if you select your finds (and this was very likely selected), you’ll also get diatoms aplenty, coral, sea urchin spines and shell fragments, gastropods, the works, right here in the Algarve.

    • oregon expat says:

      Hm. I hadn’t thought about it being selected. You’re right; in that case my home beach in Oregon would also yield a lot of urchin spines, gastropods, arthropods, mollusks, etc.

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