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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Science and Engineering
Department of Earth Sciences

PI: Amy E. Myrbo

TMI: Tool for Microscopic Identification

Smear slides of unconsolidated sediment are a powerful semiquantitative analytical tool. Simple to prepare, low-tech, and virtually nondestructive, their use in marine and especially lacustrine core description has been hampered by the lack of a suitable reference work. These researchers are developing a new online database that provides images of lithological components and sedimentary facies to assist both the novice and expert smear slide user. The online resource, TMI (Tool for Microscopic Identification;, also features tutorials on preparation and analysis of smear slides and their use in lithological core description. TMI makes the smear slide method more accessible to researchers and also supports its use in classrooms and informal educational settings. 

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Reed McEwan, Staff
Alexander Morrison, Staff