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International Scientific Photo Competition "MicroGeo2008": Call results
Alekseev, Viktor I., RMS Full Member
Code: MicroGeo2008-34place:
Nomination:  PR2008 Ч best image (Russian authors)
Title:  Protocataclasis of spodumene in a porphyry granite from Alakhinskoye deposit (Altai)
Image: 
Short description 
of the scientific 
work: 
Study of structure of rare-metal granites.
Equipment and technique:  Zeiss AxioLab optical microscope with Zeiss CP-ACHROMAT 20х/0.40 Pol objective equipped with CX05C digital camera. Cross-polarized light.
Laboratory, institution:  Education-Research Laboratory of Ontogeny of Minerals. Saint Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University).
Alifirova, Taisia Aleksandrovna
Code: MicroGeo2008-19place:
Nomination:  PR2008 Ч best image (Russian authors)
Title:  Haven of Sulphide Hedgehogs
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Fine needle sulphide intergrowths (black) in a carbonate grain (light colored) and chromediopside (green). Pseudomorph of carbonate on orthopyroxene (enstatite) in garnet websterite (sample M4/01). Xenolite from the Mir kimberlite pipe.
Equipment and technique:  Olympus BX51 optical microscope equipped with Olympus COLOR VIEW III photo-video camera. Transmitted cross-polarized light, active Lazo lens. Image width 0.8 mm.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of High Pressures Minerals Crystallization (Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences) and Novosibirsk State University.
Alifirova, Taisia Aleksandrovna
Code: MicroGeo2008-20place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Supernova Factory
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Crystallographically oriented mineral inclusions (colored) in a garnet grain (dark) from the xenolite of garnet websterite (sample M5/01), kimberlite pipe Mir (Yakutia).
Equipment and technique:  Olympus BX51 optical microscope equipped with Olympus COLOR VIEW III photo-video camera. Transmitted cross-polarized light, active Lazo lens. Image width 0.8 mm.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of High Pressures Minerals Crystallization (Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences) and Novosibirsk State University.
Cesare, Bernardo
Code: MicroGeo2008-28place: 1
Nomination:  PW2008 Ч best image (non-Russian authors)
Title:  Charoite rainbow
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Charoite from Yakutia, Russia. This silicate forms the bluish layers and veins swirling around the more blocky crystals of feldspar. The rock has a mylonitic fabric and charoite represents the matrix mineral where deformation is preferentially partitioned.
Equipment and technique:  Thin section: rock cut, sliced and thinned down to a regular 30-micron thickness.
Microscope: Zeiss Axioscop 40 Pol
Camera: Zeiss Axiocam MRc5
Photomicrograph under polarized light, crossed polarizers plus two red tint plates (rotated as to reach the preferred colors)
Magnification: 10X
NO IMAGE PROCESSING AFTER SHOOT
Laboratory, institution:  Dipartimento di Geoscienze,
Universita' di Padova.
Cesare, Bernardo
Code: MicroGeo2008-29place:
Nomination:  PW2008 Ч best image (non-Russian authors)
Title:  Red eye in limestone
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
I captured this fossil in a limestone of unknown provenance from the teaching collection of my Department.
The purpose is purely aesthetic.
Equipment and technique:  Microscope: Zeiss Axioscop 40 Pol
Camera: Zeiss Axiocam MRc5
Photomicrograph under polarized light, crossed polarizers plus two red tint plates (rotated as to reach the preferred colors)
Magnification: 10X lens
NO IMAGE PROCESSING AFTER SHOOT
Laboratory, institution:  Dipartimento di Geoscienze,
Universita' di Padova.
Cesare, Bernardo
Code: MicroGeo2008-30place:
Nomination:  PW2008 Ч best image (non-Russian authors)
Title:  Ocean Jasper
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Ocean Jasper from Madagascar. Close-up of two "spherules" in the fine-grained silica matrix, resulting from devitrification of the rhyolitic lava upon cooling.
Equipment and technique:  Microscope: Zeiss Axioscop 40 Pol
Camera: Zeiss Axiocam MRc5
Photomicrograph under transmitted polarized light, crossed polarizers plus two red tint plates (rotated as to reach the preferred colors)
Magnification: 20X
NO IMAGE PROCESSING AFTER SHOOT
Laboratory, institution:  Dipartimento di Geoscienze,
Universita' di Padova.
Chinellato, Matteo
Code: MicroGeo2008-25place:
Nomination:  PW2008 Ч best image (non-Russian authors)
Title:  Uranopolycrase
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Cataloguing of the Elba Island mineral collection of the Natural History Museum of Milan, Italy. The photo show a Uranopolycrase group of 8 mm with zircon and xenotime from Fonte del Prete, San Piero in Campo, Campo nell'Elba, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy.
Equipment and technique:  Canon EOS 40D with Nikon Bellow and Carl Zeiss Luminar 40 mm lens.
Laboratory, institution:  Natural History Museum of Milan, Italy - Dr. Federico Pezzotta.
Chinellato, Matteo
Code: MicroGeo2008-26place:
Nomination:  PW2008 Ч best image (non-Russian authors)
Title:  Beryl
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Cataloguing of the Elba Island mineral collection of the Natural History Museum of Milan, Italy. The photo show a Beryl crystal of 4.1 mm from La Speranza (Pisani's Quarry), San Piero in Campo, Campo nell'Elba, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy.
Equipment and technique:  Canon EOS 40D with Nikon Bellow and Carl Zeiss Luminar 40 mm lens.
Laboratory, institution:  Natural History Museum of Milan, Italy - Dr. Federico Pezzotta.
Chinellato, Matteo
Code: MicroGeo2008-27place:
Nomination:  PW2008 Ч best image (non-Russian authors)
Title:  Elbaite
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Cataloguing of the Elba Island mineral collection of the Natural History Museum of Milan, Italy. The photo show an Elbaite multicolor crystal of 7 mm from San Silvestro vein, San Piero in Campo, Campo nell'Elba, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy.
Equipment and technique:  Canon EOS 40D with Nikon Bellow and Carl Zeiss Luminar 63 mm lens.
Laboratory, institution:  Natural History Museum of Milan, Italy - Dr. Federico Pezzotta.
Koltovoy, Nikolay Alexeevich
Code: MicroGeo2008-8place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Agate
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Agate
Equipment and technique:  Nikon D70 digital camera.
Laboratory, institution:  "Labmetod" Company
Koltovoy, Nikolay Alexeevich
Code: MicroGeo2008-10place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Charoite
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Charoite
Equipment and technique:  Nikon D70 digital camera.
Laboratory, institution:  "Labmetod" Company
Logvinova, Alla Mikhailovna, RMS Full Member
Code: MicroGeo2008-23place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  On the spike of nanoworld
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Nanoscale inclusions in diamond (sulphide and graphite intergrowths). On the spike of the graphite crystal the melt-fluid inclusion is placed. Some additional inclusions are placed on the right side. Dislocations around inclusions can be clearly seen.
Equipment and technique:  Transmission electron microscope Phillips CM200 (LaB6), 200 kV.
Co-author (if present):  Richard Wirt
Laboratory, institution:  GFZ Potsdam. Department of Experimental Geochemistry.
Melekestseva, Irina Yu., RMS Full Member
Code: MicroGeo2008-11place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Scenic mask
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Sphalerite inclusion with fine chalcopyrite emulsion in form of a scenic mask (gray) in subhedral chalcopyrite intergrowth (yellow) with pyrite (white) and calcite (dark). Ivanovskoye cobalt-copper deposit (South Urals).
Equipment and technique:  Carl Zeiss Axiolab optical microscope, objective 20х, reflected light. Canon PowerShot A520 digital camera (Auto mode). Edited in Adobe Photoshop (Auto Levels, Unsharp Mask). Image width 0.40 mm.
Nikitin, Ivan Andreevich
Code: MicroGeo2008-31place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  An unexpected view on coal
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
The study of different genotypes of coal.
Equipment and technique:  Olympus BX51 optical microscope, transmitted light. Olympus C7070 camera, Image Scope M Software.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of physical chemistry of coal. Moscow State Mining University.
Nikitin, Ivan Andreevich
Code: MicroGeo2008-32place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  An unexpected view on coal
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
The study of different genotypes of coal.
Equipment and technique:  Olympus BX51 optical microscope, transmitted light. Olympus C7070 camera, Image Scope M Software.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of physical chemistry of coal. Moscow State Mining University.
Nikitin, Ivan Andreevich
Code: MicroGeo2008-33place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  An unexpected view on coal
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
The study of different genotypes of coal.
Equipment and technique:  Olympus BX51 optical microscope, transmitted light. Olympus C7070 camera, Image Scope M Software.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of physical chemistry of coal. Moscow State Mining University.
Novoselov, Konstantin Alexandrovich
Code: MicroGeo2008-7place:
Nomination:  PR2008 Ч best image (Russian authors)
Title:  The Big Bang
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Copper-cobalt ores from Katanga province (Rep. of the Congo). Cavernous and porous brown iron ore intergrowing with quartz, hydromica, kaolinite and malachite, native copper and cuprite (on the photo).
Equipment and technique:  Zeiss Neophot2 optical microscope, EH100/1.30 planachromat objective, Cargille oil immersion, plane polarized, Nicon Coolpix 4500 digital camera.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of Mineralogy of Ore Genesis.
Institute of Mineralogy, Urals branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Panin, Pavel
Code: MicroGeo2008-15place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Micromorphology of palaeosoils of the middle and late Pleistocene
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
The structure of palaeosoils of the Kamensky soil complex, B horizon (200-250 000 a) reveal an irony secondary phase hosting quartz inclusions and situated within a clay-dust mass. Thus the horizon was formed under sedentary-illuvial processes.
Equipment and technique:  Palaeosoil thin sections. LOMO Mikmed-2 optical microscope equipped with a video camera. DuaMorph Cito 2.0 control software.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of Evolution Geography. Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Panin, Pavel
Code: MicroGeo2008-16place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Pecularity of the micromorphology of palaeosoils of the middle and late Pleistocene
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Humus soil horizon of the Kamensky soil complex contains humus-clay secondary phases within a humus-dust mass. This is a result of interchange of humus and illuvial processes.
Equipment and technique:  Palaeosoil thin sections. LOMO Mikmed-2 optical microscope equipped with a video camera. DuaMorph Cito 2.0 control software.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of Evolution Geography. Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Panin, Pavel
Code: MicroGeo2008-17place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Pecularity of the micromorphology of palaeosoils of the middle and late Pleistocene
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Soils of the Inzhavinsky soil complex (horizon A) reveal a presence of clay layers within the humus soil mass as a sign of humus-illuvial processes.
Equipment and technique:  Palaeosoil thin sections (cross-polarized view). LOMO Mikmed-2 optical microscope equipped with a video camera. DuaMorph Cito 2.0 control software.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of Evolution Geography. Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Pyankova, Lyubov
Code: MicroGeo2008-22place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Stony flower. Heterophase NH4Cl:Mn2+ crystal
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Synthetic crystals demonstrate the influence of impurity induced strain on crystal growth and morphology.
Equipment and technique:  Optical microscope, objective 60*.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of Crystal Genesis, Department of Crystallography, Geological Faculty, Saint Petersburg University.
Ragozin, Alexey L'vovich, RMS Full Member
Code: MicroGeo2008-12place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Metamorphic microdiamonds
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Inclusions of relict UHP minerals (microdiamond and phengite) in garnet from Kokchetav massif gneisses.
Equipment and technique:  Zeiss Axiolab optical microscope. Polished thin section. Transmitted light. Nikon Coolpix 5000 digital camera.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of High Pressures Minerals Crystallization. Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Zedgenizov, Dmitry Alexandrovich, RMS Full Member
Code: MicroGeo2008-13place:
Nomination:  AR2008 Ч best small image (Russian authors)
Title:  Inclusions in diamond
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Diamonds with olivine (colorless) and pyrope (purple) inclusions.
Equipment and technique:  Zeiss Axiolab optical microscope, transmitted light.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of High Pressures Minerals Crystallization. Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Zedgenizov, Dmitry Alexandrovich, RMS Full Member
Code: MicroGeo2008-14place:
Nomination:  PR2008 Ч best image (Russian authors)
Title:  Surface of diamond
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Morphology of a natural diamond crystal on microscale after etching. Many alveoli and cavities are former fluid inclusion capsules.
Equipment and technique:  Scanning electron microscope JEOL JSM 6380-LA (10 nA, 15 kV).
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of High Pressures Minerals Crystallization. Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Zedgenizov, Dmitry Alexandrovich, RMS Full Member
Code: MicroGeo2008-18place:
Nomination:  PR2008 Ч best image (Russian authors)
Title:  Birefringence of a diamond crystal
Image: 
Short description 
of 
the 
scientific 
work: 
Birefringence of diamond is due to high internal strain within crystals. The highest strain shown on a photo is located between growth sectors having fibrous structure.
Equipment and technique:  Zeiss Axiolab optical microscope, cross-polarized light.
Laboratory, institution:  Laboratory of High Pressures Minerals Crystallization. Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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