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Micro-Safaris: The Display of Live Microorganisms in Public Aquariums

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Marine and freshwater microorganisms are important components of aquatic ecosystems but they are not commonly displayed, live, in public aquariums. In this paper I review the technical challenges involved in displaying and maintaining aquatic microorganisms. A proposed viewing system consisting of a mobile, immersed, endoscope is presented as a possible solution to these technical challenges. A set of simple experiments is described that evaluate the image characteristics generated by an endoscope used to observe live microorganisms. The results of these tests showed that the endoscope gives acceptable images in this application. Optical and mechanical problems encountered in the experiments are also discussed.

Throughout the paper sources of new technology are identified that have potential applications in the development of the microorganism display systems.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2001-03-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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