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Muddy Business
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

"We looked like three-year-olds playing with Mum's good potting soil," says German ecologist Bodil Bluhm, who assembled a team to help her sift through mud from the ocean floor in search of life. Tiny crustaceans, worms, and shells tweezed from the samples provide evidence of what lives, or once lived, in the little-known Canada Basin. Despite "wet, freezing hands, aching backs, and muddy faces, I love exploring the unexplored," Bluhm says. (Read more about "Muddy Business" in the author's field notes.) 

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type:
Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens:
Canon 17-35mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop:
1/8 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Overcast and cold
Time of Day:
Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques:
Canon 550Ex on camera


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