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Diatoms: Biology and Morphology of the Genera

Diatoms: Biology and Morphology of the Genera [Kindle Edition]

F. E. Round , R. M. Crawford , D. G. Mann

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'… this is the most comprehensive volume on the biostratigraphic use of plankton microfossils available today. In this age of pluralism it will take its place amongst the classics in our field and serve as the standard reference for the next generation of micropaleontologists'. Micropaleontology

'This is a beautifully produced, concisely edited and excellently illustrated manual.' Marine Micropaleontology

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This book presents a wide-ranging introduction to the diatoms together with an illustrated description of over 250 genera. Diatoms are important as perhaps the commonest group of autotrophic plants on earth and are abundant in all waters and on soils and moist surfaces. The introduction describes the diatom cell in detail, the structure of the wall (often extremely beautiful in design), the cell contents and aspects of life cycle and cell division. The generic atlas section is the first account of diatom systematics since 1928 (Karsten in Engler and Prantl: Die Nauturlichen Pflanzenfamilien) and each generic description is accompanied by scanning electron micrographs to show the characteristic structure. Most of the latter have been prepared specially for this work from the authors' own collections. The Diatoms will be the standard reference work on the group for years to come and is an essential reference volume.

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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (25 May 1990)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E3URCK4
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Review of Diatom Genera 17 Jan 2008
By David B Richman - Published on
The classic work "Diatoms: Biology and Morphology of the Genera" by Round, Crawford and Mann has been usually beyond the means of the average diatom hobbyist. At over $300 for the hardbound edition (which also had a rather bad binding) this monumental tome was usually wanted, but might strain the budget of even professionals or students working in the field. Now the publisher, Cambridge University Press, has come out with a softbound version that is within the reach of most microscope hobbyists, as well as those who study algae professionally.

And what a magnificent volume it is, with hundreds of black and white light and scanning electron microscope photographs and detailed discussions of all the known diatom genera. The introduction is thorough and the book is in short a great reference for the study of these fascinating life forms.

The authors do make one (probably necessary) compromise with quality in that they do not provide metric scales with their photographs. They offer a justification for this and indeed it would have been time-consuming to place scales on all the photos. However, these scales are useful, if perhaps less so with genera than species, to at least give the reader an idea of the size involved.

The average reader might say "who cares about microscopic algae"?, but they would be overlooking the very great contribution diatoms and other "algae" make to the earth's primary production and oxygen supply. Also, the diatom's opaline skeletons (which are mostly shown in this book) are quite beautiful, as are the living organisms.

If you have any interest in the tiny things that make life on earth possible, this book will open your eyes to their complexity and beauty. If you should own a microscope, there are worse things you could do with it (such as leave it in storage!) than to spend some time examining these wonderful organisms.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diatoms 9 Feb 2008
By B. E. Soukup - Published on
This book has thousands of great and very detailed Electron microscope photos and the information is easy to understand and follow as well as connect with the pictures. Expertly written and presented information.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excelente recopilación 1 Jun 2008
By Antonio Guillén Oterino - Published on
Excelente monografía sobre la morfología, modo de vida y clasificación de las diatomeas, con numerosas imágenes en blanco y negro, realizadas a través del microscopio óptico y de microscopio electrónico de barrido-
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on diatom morphology. 30 May 2014
By John jaime - Published on
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Still recognized as the foremost authority in diatom morphology complete with SEM pictures and descriptions fit for serious researches or any aspiring diatomist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bueno 20 Jun 2012
By elgaja - Published on
Muy buen libro.
Es un atlas bastante completa en el tema.
Es un buen libro introductorio al tema de las diatomeas.
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