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#1 kozmik frakture

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 05:46 PM

Time to go Tartigrade hunting, the dreaded moss piglet. Equipment consists of a Celestron # 44206 stereo dissecting microscope, a Optikon Wetzlar # 4928 monocular microscope and a Clovis point spear.

#2 moynihan

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 03:59 PM

Good hunting
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#3 Charles Funk

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 09:19 AM

How much would you take for the Clovis tipped spear? ;)

#4 aatt

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 08:42 PM

The most Tardigrades I have ever seen came from algae in Floridian spring. Scores of them were running up and down the algal filaments using them as ladders. It was very fun to watch.

#5 kozmik frakture

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:44 PM

No tardigrades yet. Lots of rotifers. I've started using the translucent plastic contains that electrical tape comes in to hold water samples, especially with the stereo dissecting scope. They work very well.

I've borrowed a friend's Carson digital microscope; operates at ~53x at it's closest focus. Got in plugged into my desk top PC in my "science bay". Not great resolution but it gets the basic job done. This is also helping to develop & sharpen techniques & methods. May have already noted this, but I got some water from a local pond & it was loaded with copepods. Great viewing, many females with egg sacs.

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#6 Ptarmigan

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:51 PM

Tardigrades are among the toughest organisms. They will survive in about any place extreme, hot or cold or vacuum.

 

Tardigrades (Water Bears)

http://serc.carleton...rade/index.html


Edited by Ptarmigan, 27 August 2014 - 10:52 PM.







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