Alexis Pasulka prepares her microscope for the cruise. This involves aligning the halogen bulb and getting the cells on the slide in focus. This scope has epifluorsecent capabilities and she will use the scope to look at microorganisms in the water column as well as in the sediments. When microorganisms are present, they glow blue, green, red or yellow depending on the composition of the organisms and which stains were added to the sample.

Alexis Pasulka prepares her microscope for the cruise. This involves aligning the halogen bulb and getting the cells on the slide in focus. This microscope has epifluoresecent capabilities, which enables Alexis to look at microorganisms in the water column as well as in the sediments. When microorganisms are present, they glow blue, green, red or yellow, depending on the composition of the organisms and which stains were added to the sample. Image courtesy of INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010.

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010: February 26 Log

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