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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    Scientific photographer Adam Summers, an engineer and mathematician, used colored dyes to create these beautifully detailed images of a variety of fish.
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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    Summers' project, while beautiful and arty, was intended to aid the study of biomechanics in fish.
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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    The idea, according Summers who is a professor at the University of Washington, is to get a glimpse of the underlying structure of the fish.
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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    By applying two different stains to fish, Summers gets a close look at the fish vertebrae and soft tissue.
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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    The process takes more time depending on the size of the fish. A small one may take three days to process while a larger specimen could take several months.
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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    Fish are placed on a light table to capture the images.
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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    For the experiment, Summers picked a large variety of fish in order to examine the relationship between bone and cartilage.
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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    Summers colored the fish with two dyes--Alcian Blue for the cartilage and Alizarin Red S to turn the mineralized tissue crimson.
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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    There are currently fourteen of his photos in large format prints on aluminum plate that are on display at the Seattle Aquarium.
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  • "Cleared" A New Way of Viewing Marine Life

    You can see more of Adam P. Summers' work on his page at http://www.picturingscience.com
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