Imaging the Mexican Amber Collection

With the embedding and polishing work complete, here we discuss our imaging protocol for photographing the inclusions. Imaging amber inclusions can be challenging, especially if amber pieces are dark, fractured, contain bubbles and other debris, the inclusions are small, located close to an edge, and/or poorly preserved. Although many of the Chiapas Mexican amber pieces have these characteristics, our goal is to photograph the inclusions showing enough detail that researchers can see what specimens we have and their potential for study. Because we can now loan specimens to qualified researchers they can prepare them for more detailed imaging if need be by grinding down the surrounding casting resin to get closer to the inclusions, which will enhance light penetration and minimize distortion. 

Our imaging protocol 

The majority of our images have been taken using the Keyence VHX 7000 imaging system…