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sediment sample through microscope

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Like each speck of paint in a piece of art, minerals, animal skeletons, and remnants of sea sponges provide a colorful mix when seafloor sediment samples from the the Sealoor Samples Lab are swabbed on a glass slide and viewed under a microscope. A pink polarizing filter helps scientists identify each speck of material in the core, which provides clues to Earth’s evolution and climate in the past. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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