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The Natural History Museum in London has a great section on their website called "Nature Online" designed for those visitors who can't visit personally, or for those who happen to be the armchair museum-going type. The section on "Other Invertebrates" enlightens visitors about the world of the backbone-deficient, which comprise the majority of animals on earth. Visitors will find over a dozen topics to learn about, ranging from Chinese mitten crab control, to a directory of Echinoids (sea urchins), to the "secret life of barnacles" and how they are being used as biomonitors to discover the presence of heavy metals in waterways in Asia. Visitors who have never used the word beautiful and plankton in the same sentence, will find the glass model of radiolarian (plankton), created in the 19th century by artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, to be amazing and beautiful. Visitors can click on the picture to make it stop rotating, and they can also click on "About the Blaschka Glass Models", which allows visitors to get a closer look at the stunning plankton. Finally, they can see other examples of their glass work here, and the area will warrant several return visits.
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