Today in V Factor we looked at some samples from 1936 from Baffin Island in Canada - way up north! Some people from Spain (we think) want to have a sample of this - we do not know exactly for what purpose, but the Museum often has requests for samples. We have been told that the people want this diatom sample so that they can do scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of the diatoms. To ensure the samples we send out contain diatoms we first looked at the samples under the light microscope (it would have been much better if we had a light microscope with a TV camera attachment so the public could see what we were up to as well though). After a painstaking search we did find a few diatoms. We were told that some of the sample will be sent, but we will also be sure to tell the people who requested the sample that there are not too many diatoms present.
A week later we again made slides but could observe only 4 diatoms in 3 slides. Jovita will be in touch with the Spanish people requesting the material, as we feel that there is not very much use sending them the material with so very few diatoms present.