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Diatoms, diatomaceous earth and microscopes

Discussion in 'Science' started by bogstandardcomp, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. bogstandardcomp

    bogstandardcomp New commenter

    A questions
    Does diatomaceous earth have easily microscope viewable diatom skeletons in it?

     
  2. bogstandardcomp

    bogstandardcomp New commenter

    A questions
    Does diatomaceous earth have easily microscope viewable diatom skeletons in it?

     
  3. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    As a geologist i reallt should know, but i prefered poking the igneous and metamorphic rocks! I'm going to stick my neck out though and say that if there is something you'd be able to see under the microscope in a thin section then you should see it in an unconsolidated sediment like a diatomaceous earth. You might need to have to poke about in it with a needle or something to get some good bits viewable under the microscope. Also you could try emailing the earth science teachers association and the earth science education unit with the question as I'm sure they'ed love to help out. :)
    Hope that helps.
     

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