Geology for Global Development

Friday Photo (83): Wildlife in the Field – Giant Millipede Inspects Stromatolites

A giant millipede kindly provides a scale for a photo of some stromatolites in the Nama group, Namibia.

Microbial communities grow upwards towards the light. Each growth phases is cemented by carbonate grains that stick to the sticky EPS substance that the communities produce, forming layered stromatolite columns. The stromatolites pictured above formed 550 million years ago – just as some of the first shelly organisms were emerging.

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Rosalie was the Himalayas Programme Officer for Geology for Global Development and writer for the GfGD blog. She is a geochemist and a postdoc at the University of Oxford.