Chapter 41. Lab XI-2 Diatom Analysis

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Beaker, 250 mL

  • Cassia oil

  • Centrifuge tubes, 15 mL

  • Coverslips

  • Forceps

  • Glycerol

  • Hydrochloric acid

  • Hydrogen peroxide, 30%

  • Pipettes

  • Slides, flat

  • Spatula

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Ammonia, household non-sudsy

  • Camera with microscope adapter (optional)

  • Collection containers (small plastic bags, etc.)

  • Immersion oil (with 1000X microscope only)

  • Microscope (ideally 1000X)

  • Paper

  • Pen

  • Refrigerator

  • Test tube rack

  • Thermos bottle (optional)

  • Water, boiling tap

  • Water, distilled or deionized

  • Specimens, sediment (see ...

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