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Emiliania huxleyi Home Page
This site contains various kinds of textual information and imagery of Emiliania huxleyi, an armour-plated, photosynthesizing, single-celled marine phytoplankton and dominant coccolithophore in the ocean. Numerous summaries of the species are provided, including information on its occurrence, global distribution, effects on the carbon cycle and global climate, calcification, vital statistics, cellular characteristics, life cycle, ecology, biogeography, relation with other coccoliths, optical effects, biogeochemical impacts, geological context and evolutionary origins, and prospects of conservation. Images of Emeliana huxleyi, oceanic blooms, and so-named white waters range in type from satellite imagery to scanning electron microscopy (SEM) photos to artistic representations. A bibliography of Emiliana huxleyi research and an Ehux project publications list are followed by background on the Global Emiliania Modelling (GEM) initiative, a project focusing on the species as a means of modelling geosphere-biosphere interactions. Also provided is a What's New feature that highlights site updates.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Photograph
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Abstract / Summary
  • Climatology
  • Ecology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyrights are held for paintings contributed by Glynn Gorick and Jesse Gorick.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-988
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Toby Tyrrell
University of Southampton, School of Ocean and Earth Science