Sunday, November 3, 2013

Three New Species Identified in Washington State

I appreciate diatoms as a soil amenity and as a marker for geologic time. These algae have cell wall consisting of silica which makes for great fossil remains that can be used to date geologic strata.

Three new species found in Washington State alpine lakes are described in the paper: /phytotaxa/content/2013/f/pt00127p057.pdf. The species Psammothidium lacustre, Psammothidium alpine, and Psammothidium nivale are named for being a lake dweller (lacustre), for the alpine lakes they were found in and snow (novale) in for Snow Lake in Mount Rainier National Park.

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