Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mayor contribution by DEEPWAVE

Foraminiferologist Dr. Onno Groß has made a mayor contribution of literature, images of living and dead specimens and mini-lectures. He is president of DEEPWAVE a German environmental NGO for the protection of the oceans.

Foraminifera are heavily effected by ocean acidification and pollution. I plan to integrate the subject of proctecting the oceans to foraminifera.eu with the help of DEEPWAVE.

It will take some time though to digest this mayor contribution :).

Thanks a lot Onno !

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Incoming Samples 2010 Weeks 1+2+3

Adrian sent several 10-20g samples among which are Fleury-la-Rivière, Lutetian, near Paris France. It is his 11th mailing. I plan to send some micro-shells back.

Akira kindly promised to sent some samples from Japan => the first from that part of the World !

Kirsten from Australia offered a package of different sand-samples. She will choose the best ones.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Peneroplis planatus from Yemen - an optical image

Last year I received in a plain envelope some plummercells filled with hundreds of foraminifera from young scientist Wafaa in Sanaa, Yemen. I started with SEM images (59 so far), see www.foraminifera.eu/wafaa.html.

I think optical images are a nice addition to illustrate this diverse fauna near Socotra, Yemen in the Indian Ocean and Peneroplis planatus a nice start.

The image is taken with a simple ocular camera. Sharpness is achieved by stacking different single images

Peneroplis is very common in the East Meditteranean, Red and Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean .... You may easily get it from sand-samples.

I hope you like the image :)


Saturday, January 2, 2010

More Content in 2010 on foraminifera

In 2010 I want to add more content to www.foraminifera.eu by

- featured genus pages (such as Amphistegina), Ammonia will follow

- mini lectures (a lecture on forams as indicators of pollution is under construction

- I will ask people to provide content