Zooplankton in a Drop of Water


Photo: Peter Parks / Nikon Small World 2007 Competition

We don't know how many angels can dance on a pinhead, but thanks to this fantastic photomicrograph by Peter Parks, we know that a drop of water the size of a pinhead can contain about a dozen of zooplankton!

This photo won 5th place in the Nikon Small World 2007 Competition and is included in their 2008 calendar: Link

Previously on Neatorama:
- Small World Photomicrography Contest Winner: Double Transgenic Mouse
- Nikon Small World Microscopy Contest: Mouse Colon Wins


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Some of these are pretty cool, but some of them look like the sort of thing that goes into biological journals all the time. And one of them is just a kaleidoscopic picture of a dragonfly.

Also, since technical relevance is part of the judging, you'd think they would include some description of the images -- especially the grand prize winner. Personally, I wasn't particularly struck by the image, but if you gave be a taste of the science behind it, I may be better able to appreciate it.
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