Diatom and Microfossil Identification with FlowCam®

Forams Front Lit .jpgReconstructing paleoenvironments of inland waters can provide insight into how climatic change and human impacts have affected the ecosystem.  Paleoliminologists study the change in the number of diatoms and other microfossils within sediment cores to indicate environmental impact. (Image of Foraminifera - captured with a still camera).

Diatoms are among the most common types of phytoplankton, and originated more than 200 million years ago.  They are commonly monitored when studying water quality, both past and present, because of their sensitivity to a variety of ecological conditions. 

FlowCam reduces your analysis time, allowing you to advance your research quickly with more comprehensive data.

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Quickly Characterize Microfossils with FlowCam®

FlowCam is an internationally-accepted research tool, with installations on six continents.  It’s used in labs – and also on docks and vessels across the globe.  

The FlowCam's VisualSpreadsheet software can also process image files obtained from many types of imaging instruments.

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FlowCam® Image Gallery - Microfossils

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    CaCOimaged at 4X

  • Foraminifera


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    Didymo Images

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    CaCO3 captured at 10X magnification



See the FlowCam as it runs a sample from the Tara Oceans Expedition and acquires phytoplankton data.

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See how these Columbia University students are FlowCam-ing the microscopic flora of the Amazon River Plume.

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