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Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM) and its application to fossil dinoflagellate cysts

6. Advantages of CLSM in the application to fossil dinoflagellate cysts

CLSM provides:

  • high resolution blur-free images;
  • high depth of focus extended focus images approaching SEM quality without special object preparation;
  • easy visualisation of 3D structures by stereo pairs, red/green anaglyphs, 3D reconstructions, animation;
  • concurrent analysis of surface structures and internal structures (e.g. cavation, cyst wall structures);
  • ... and all the other advantages (disadvantages and risks) of working with digital images instead of negatives, slides and photo prints.