by Louise Schoneveld

Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in the science and the data we forget that what we are looking at is truly beautiful. Sometimes, I think we need to step back and just look, turn off the scientific mind just for a minute, and absorb the beauty that these rocks can provide.

Here, I have included some of the favourite images from students. Enjoy their raw beauty before reading the caption. Then after you have read the caption, appreciate the science behind these magnificent images.  I have purposely made the captions difficult to read in hopes that you will appreciate the beauty of the image before analysing it.

Welcome,

to the RSES art exhibition 2015.

-Louise Schoneveld. REE-zoned epidote from the Nolan’s Bore deposit, NT. Image of a thin section of rock taken with cross-polarised light.
Patrick Goodarzi - Gallégo Gorge, Saragossa, Spain
Patrick Goodarzi – Gallégo Gorge, Saragossa, Spain
- Michael Anenburg. An Engagement Ring. Taken by scanning electron microscope (SEM)
– Michael Anenburg. An Engagement Ring. Taken by scanning electron microscope (SEM)
Johanna Sommer - Honey comb weathers in Greece
Johanna Sommer – Honey comb weathering in Greece
- John Daly (via Michael Short) Double Rainbow on Lake George during some very light rain. It was taken on 4/12/13 from Rocky Point on the eastern shore of Lake George.
– John Daly (via Michael Short)
Double Rainbow on Lake George during some very light rain. It was taken on 4/12/13 from Rocky Point on the eastern shore of Lake George.
Hannah James - SEM images of an unerupted human tooth, from a individual who died ~4,500 years ago
– Hannah James – SEM images of an unerupted human tooth, from a individual who died ~4,500 years ago
Patrick Goodarzi - calcitized gastropod in a thin section taken in cross-polarized light
Patrick Goodarzi – calcitized gastropod in a thin section taken in cross-polarized light
Johanna Sommer -
Johanna Sommer – sigma clasts. Pockets of melt that allow geologists to determine the shear sense.  
Kelsie Long - Image of a modern golden perch otolith thin section viewed under transmitted and reflected light
Kelsie Long – Image of a modern golden perch otolith thin section viewed under transmitted and reflected light
Louise Schoneveld - zoned allanite growing around an apatite clast. Image is a back-scattered electron image
Louise Schoneveld – zoned allanite growing around an apatite clast. Image is a back-scattered electron image
Hannah James - cross sections of vole teeth, a rodent found in a ~4,500 year old human burial mound, taken using a light microscope.
Hannah James – cross sections of vole teeth, a rodent found in a ~4,500 year old human burial mound, taken using a light microscope.
Muriel Naguit - Chocolate hills, Bohol. Weathered formations of marine limestone located on top of clay layer
Muriel Naguit – Chocolate hills, Bohol. Weathered formations of marine limestone located on top of clay layer
Impact Melt
Marc Norman – crystalline impact melt rock that was collected on the Moon by the Apollo 16 mission. This sample is 4.2 BILLION years old

I hope you enjoyed this time out of your day to appreciate how beautiful our science can be.