A teaspoon of sea water can hold a soupy serving of a million phytoplankton and zooplankton! These tiny floating plants and animals come in thousands of amazing variations. Invisible to the naked eye,
A teaspoon of sea water can hold a soupy serving of a million phytoplankton and zooplankton! These tiny floating plants and animals come in thousands of amazing variations. Invisible to the naked eye, phytoplankton are the source of our atmosphere, our climate, our ocean food chain, much of our oil supply, and more. They're also food for zooplankton, tiny animals that often look like weird life forms from outer space.
In these two volumes, Mary Cerullo's text answers intriguing questions about these tiny drifters that have shaped our world, while Bill Curtsinger's extraordinary photomicroscopy serves up tantalizing images of this "sea soup." Many of the photos for these books were taken at Maine's Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science and the Darling Marine Center, using an Axiophot 2 research microscope donated by Carl Zeiss, Inc.
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is a children's science writer and the author of Dolphins: What They Can Teach Us, The Octopus: Phantom of the Sea, Reading the Environment: Children's Literature in the Science Classroom, Coral Reef: A City That Never Sleeps, Lobsters: Gangsters of the Sea, Sharks: Challengers of the Deep
, and The Ocean Detectives
. She lives in South Portland, Maine.
Bill Curtsinger's photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Wake of the Whale, The Pine Barrens, Monk Seal Hideaway; National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Outside, Natural History, and Smithsonian. Bill lives in Yarmouth, Maine.