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Tiny life forms, big impact

October 12, 2017 - Ring

Biological oceanographer Diana Varela is studying the marine diatoms of Saanich Inlet, just north of campus. These unicellular lifeforms are the crux of ecosystems both aquatic and terrestrial. Part of a larger group of microscopic algae known as phytoplankton, diatoms drift across the top layer of oceans, seas and lakes.

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