Significance of Fluid Inclusion Research
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This paper explores fluid inclusion, its history, and related recent discoveries, explaining that fluid inclusions are bubbles of liquid and gas trapped within crystals. The paper notes that fluid inclusions generally range from .01 to 1mm in size, which means that they are generally only visible when viewed under a microscope; therefore, studying them seemed likely to yield a small amount of information, given the small size of the samples involved. However, the paper continues, researchers in the early half of the 20th century, notably H.C. Sorby, came to understand that fluid inclusion research could be helpful because the inclusions represent trapped portions of the liquid from which they originated. The paper concludes that because fluid inclusion research can provide scientists with details about the past and can help provide helpful information about the present-day, and perhaps the future, it is an important area of geological study.
From the Paper:"In fact, the study of fossilized amber is one of the important aspects of fluid inclusion research. Because of the movie Jurassic Park, many people are probably aware that amber has a unique property as a medium that can trap insect, small animals, and plants, and then, fossilizes, which preserves these organisms for study. In addition to organisms, "minute bubbles of ancient air trapped by successive flows of tree resin during the life of the tree are preserved in the amber" (Air bubbles, 2008). Studying these bubbles has revealed that the earth's atmosphere used to be much-more oxygen rich than in present times. This has led to speculation that dinosaurs had greater oxygen requirements than modern animals, because "their demise was gradual in the transition from the late Cretaceous to early Tertiary times, as was the decrease in oxygen content of the atmosphere" (Air bubbles, 2008)."
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- Analysis of fossil fluids and gases from tiny time capsules. (2008). Retrieved March 13, 2009 from USGS.gov. Web site: http://minerals.cr.USGS.gov/gips/na/fluid.html#fluid
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- Carey, P. and Parnell, J. (2004). Fluid inclusion analysis. Retrieved March 15, 2009 from Geotrack International Pty Ltd. Web site: http://www.geotrack.com.au/fluidinclusion.htm
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