JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[JJ] Poster

M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-IS Intersection

[M-IS20] [JJ] Evolution of the Pelagic Realm

Thu. May 25, 2017 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL7)

convener:Atsushi Matsuoka(Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Niigata University), Toshiyuki Kurihara(Graduate School of Science and Technology, Niigata University), Tetsuji Onoue(Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University), Katsunori Kimoto(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)

[MIS20-P02] High precision X-ray CT morphometry of microfossils for scientific validations

*Katsunori Kimoto1, Yoshimi Kubota2, Osamu Sasaki3, Tomohiro Iwashita4, Yuriko Nakamura1 (1.Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, 2.National Museum of Nature and Science , 3.The Tohoku University Museum, 4.White rabbit)

Keywords:Microfossils, Microfocus X-ray CT, 3D morphometry, Three dimensional models

Recent three dimensional (3D) morphometrics bring tremendous contributions for natural sciences. In the field of earth sciences, the acquisition of 3D morphometrics is rapidly increasing for the purpose of precise analysis of morphology of geological materials, especially for microfossils. In this study, we are trying to acquire the high resolution microtomography of microfossils by using the Microfocus X-ray Computed Tomography (MXCT). The combination of MXCT technique and high-precision X-ray detectors realize submicron-scaled morphology of microfossils without destruction on both the outer and the inner structures, therefore it is useful for classification, evolutions and functional morphology on microfossils.

The materials used in this study were microfossils from deep-sea sediments collected by the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and Ocean Drilling Project (ODP) and other materials in modern ocean. So far, we already achieved the 3D microtomography for some species on foraminifers, radiolarians, diatoms and pteropods from each geological ages. In this presentation, we will show the reconstructed 3D images of the above specimens and discuss about the essentials for scientific validation on micropaleontological studies. In addition, we will discuss about 3D printing models by using the above 3D data for educational purposes.