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"Spread a few grains under a microscope, and an exotic world is revealed, close, breezeless, color-charged in spots, like the pink moon of Neptune. A film of moisture surrounds and separates the grains. In these tiny watery capillaries is a riot of life: insects, copepods, ostracods, nematodes, protozoa, gastrotrichs, and tardigrades - called water bears on account of their little claws and short, stumpy legs - each organism measured in microns and exquisitely suited to the microhabitat in which it swims, feeds, and multiplies."(Excerpt from the book, Notes from the Shore, by Jennifer Ackerman, Penguin Books, 1995, pg. 72)

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