Marrying Paleontology with Photography
The 78 splendid photographs of fossils in Ancient Microworlds, by Giraud Foster and Norman Barker (Custom and Limited Editions, $65), include barks, corals, leaves, fishes, crustaceans, seashells, opalized wood, cephalopod shells, Arizona petrified woods and Colorado dinosaur bones. Shown are Eocene palm roots from Texas, preserved in opaline quartz; a late Jurassic ammonite, replaced by pyrite enough to show suture lines, from Germany; a cross-section of the trunk of a Permian tree fern, also from Germany; and a Jurassic conifer from Patagonia, with seeds that contain embryos.
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Happy Birthday to Alvin! August 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Alvin, the submersible that has been so influential in ocean research, including the discovery of hydrothermal vents. In 2014, a retrofitted Alvin also took its first test cruise.
Heather Olins, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, studies microbial ecology at deep sea hydrothermal vents with the help of Alvin, and shares her personal tribute to the submersible on these landmark occasions.
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