Diatoms: Unnoticed Living Jewels in Water

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Maple Creek Media, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 36 pages
This book is designed to introduce diatoms to younger generations and to enlighten them about how these "living jewels" help our planet function on a daily basis. Diatoms are in the group of plants called algae, and have typically been appreciated only by the scientists who study them and those who use them commercially. The significance of these mysterious tiny plants is especially important for the younger generations, because diatoms will forever play a critical role in the health of our planet. Most diatoms are smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, yet together they provide nearly 40% of the Earth's oxygen and effectively help reduce global warming on our planet. Diatoms also help us in learning about the past, solving crimes, manufacturing household products, providing ideas for artists and designers, and potentially creating fuel and solar energy for cars, trucks, and planes. Diatoms are also critical in the ecological food chain of streams, lakes and oceans. There is still much to be learned about these tiny plants and there will undoubtedly be new discoveries about the importance of diatoms in medicine, commercial products, potential food sources, and their necessary conservation in maintaining our planet for future generations.

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Dean W. Blinn received his BA degree in Biology at Simpson College, Indianola, IA, his MS in botany at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT and PhD in Botany at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In 1971 he joined the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. Dr. Blinn taught courses in General Botany, Phycology, (algae), Limnology, Stream Ecology, and the Biology of Diatoms and directed research projects in aquatic ecology for many undergraduate and graduate students. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in both national and international journals. Dr. Blinn received the Northern Arizona University Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Scholar Award, the President's Award and the Teaching Scholar Award and was named an Arizona Regents' Professor in 1996. Dr. Blinn retired in 2001 as an Arizona Regents' Professor Emeritus and continues to pursue studies on diatoms and aquatic ecology. Sandra L. Blinn received her BA degree in Elementary Education and Psychology at Simpson College in Indianola, IA and her MA degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She taught fourth grade for 15 years and kindergarten for 6 years in the Flagstaff Unified School District in Flagstaff, AZ.