Magnificent Metal Coated Shell

Iron Plated Snail Shell

A bit of a change of pace with today’s post.

Believe it or not, snails have been discovered in the depths of the ocean that are literally iron-plated. They live near deep-sea vents that spew out minerals and metals including gold:

Another example of the ingenuity of nature: researchers are finding inspiration in the extraordinarily strong exoskeleton of a deep-sea snail, Crysomallon squamiferum.  The mollusk’s iron-plated shell is giving researchers insights that could lead to stronger materials for airplane hulls, cars, and military equipment [read more].

Photo credit: © Dr. Anders Warén, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden. [Via]

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