Geobiological image awarded at the Art in Science competition – University of Copenhagen

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06 December 2017

Geobiological image awarded at the Art in Science competition

The art in science

Friday the 24th of November was the day of the award ceremony in the art competition Art in Science hosted by the University of Copenhagen. The section of Geobiology and Minerals was well represented, as one of the figures from the recent bachelor’s thesis by Magnus Harding, which was awarded a prize in the category “Best scientific explanation”.

Image obtained using ToF-SIMS analysis on the fossil. It shows the distribution of calcium (red) and clay (green).

Image obtained using ToF-SIMS analysis on the fossil. It shows the distribution of calcium (red) and clay (green).

The picture shows the distribution of calcium and clay across a fossil shoot from Greenland, and tells a 60 million years old story of an ancient conifer. The picture allows us to see how it is possible to form fossils out of once living organisms, a process which is imperative to our understanding of how life has evolved on Earth through time.

The picture was obtained using the analysis technique “time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry” (ToF-SIMS) carried out with the help of Kion Norrman at DTU Risø. The bachelor thesis was supervised by Tais W. Dahl of the Geobiology and Minerals section.

The Art in Science contest is hosted by the University of Copenhagen, and is also funded by the Lundbeck Foundation.