14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Microscopic Earth

One aspect of scientific photography is about visualizing things that can’t be seen with the unaided eye. This is displayed in this microscopic image of a rock – an object that we pass on a daily basis without a second glance. By using this instrument one can see fragments that one didn’t think were there. Each thin slice of rock has different cracks and fractures, just as a person can have emotional cracks and fractures. Geologists are able to figure out what minerals constitute the rock, just as psychologists can figure out the uniqueness of a human being.

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Date Taken: 10.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Copyright: © Beatrice Glenister