A Brittle Metallic Vellum

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Here, on the surface of humically darkened and acidic pools in an ancient marshland Thursely Common, the microbiological world reveals itself.

On the surfaces of such  undisturbed and natural ponds, a fragile and iridescent film will form. Often dismissed as just pollution, these brittle layers are in fact entirely natural, and are formed by the activity of resident iron and manganese oxidising bacteria. The films are so thin, that they able diffract light, so that they shimmer with the colours of the spectrum and have their own inherent beauty.

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