Foraminifera caught my interest. They are precious and their study covers so many areas: From field- to home-work, from rock-formations to photography. SEM and computer -stuff. I like the worldwide foraminiferal community - so help- and thoughtful people. Share may enthusiasm.
in the mail these days was a little box from Adrian, UK - a long time contributor to the Foraminifera.eu project.
The box contains a couple of small bags with sand. A closer look through the binocular reveals that these sands mainly consist of shells, tests and fragments of bigger organism-remnants. These sands are rich in foraminifera. My estimate is that there are hundreds if not thousands of forams in each tiny bag.
The forams lived once in Scotland, Tenerife, Malta, Crete and Bermuda.
contributor Roland emailed quite detailed optical images of forams
found at the beach of Alcudia, Mallorca - a sample I sent him. We intend
- as time allows - to portray samples of the Meditteranean by imaging
the abundant species and do some basic counting.
The first goal will be to add about 600 images. In May 2013 the working group "Atlas of Boreal Maastrichtian Foraminifera" will meet and discuss how to move on. It is not clear, whether we have the capacity to add pages on single species with further explanations. There are several samples waiting to be processed. Lets see, which path we follow.
Personalized google maps with flags on each locality of foram finds have been implemented. They have full functionality like zooming in and out, changing map-type ...
A click on each flag opens an info-window from where a link leads to the locality-page with all images.
Maps are available for the geological periods Carboniferous to recent.
Please tell me, what you think about it and how it should be improved.