Diatoms (DIE-a-toms) are one of the most important things you never knew about. They are everywhere there is water. A drop of lake water is packed with them. You probably swallow millions every time you go swimming. These tiny, one-celled life forms populate the world's ponds, rivers, and oceans (and anywhere else that's the least bit wet). They spend their invisible lives quietly using sunlight to turn carbon dioxide and water into food and oxygen. Diatoms are the basis of the food chain, and they produce much of the oxygen you breathe. This free selection about this one-celled wonder includes Part I of a sample activity from the book.


Middle School


Type Book ChapterPub Date 1/1/2006

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