The Atlantic: microcosm

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The chemical properties of pure water are universal, and unchanging, and what gives seas and oceans their unique identities, are the chemicals and minerals that exist within water itself, and between the spaces of its polar molecules. In this unique artwork, the water has been removed from a sample of Atlantic seawater, in order to reveal its defining and usually invisible elemental signature. These images were taken using a microscope with 100-times magnification, and I’m struck by how this microscopic landscape resembles the same ocean as seen from many thousands of metres above, and how the microcosm and macrocosm appear to meet here.

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