Microfossils in volcanic rock

Microfossils in volcanic rock

E442/0783 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 50.4MB

Downloadable file size: 1.5MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: JORN PECKMANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Microfossils. Light micrograph of mineral deposits (light brown filaments) left behind by microbes that lived within cavities of 400 million year old volcanic rock. Volcanic lava that formed underwater cooled quickly to form pillow basalt. Tiny cracks and pores on the surface of the rock were penetrated by seawater and bacteria. Over time, the cracks were filled by minerals, trapping the bacteria within. It is thought the bacteria survived by feeding on iron, before becoming fossilised. It is thought basaltic rock on Mars may contain similar microfossils.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1m, ancient, animal, animals, astrobiology, bacteria, bacterium, basalt, basaltic, biological, biology, bubble, cavity, cryptoendolith, deposit, deposits, devonian period, filament, fossil, fossil bacteria, fossil invertebrate, fossils, geological, geology, igneous rock, invertebrates, light micrograph, light microscope, microbe, microbes, microbial, microbial fossil, microbiological, microbiology, microfossils, microorganism, microorganisms, mineral, minerals, niche, palaeontology, paleontology, pillow lava, prehistoric, prehistory, vesicle, volcanic rock

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.