So I was recently contacted by a person named Jeffrey from ASPEX, a company that produces Scanning Electron Microscopes and as a gimic he wanted me to mention that they have a promotion going on for a free SEM image of your choice. All you have to do is send in a sample and they will post the image to their website for all to see. Here are the exact details:
"People can send us any mineral or rock, or even a dead insect...anything they want to see a picture of under a powerful microscope. It's pretty cool. Once we receive the samples, we'll notify senders of their results via email. You can view other reports we've done here: http://www.aspexcorp.com/resources/send_sample.html"
Seems interesting so far so I emailed him for some more info and he sent me back the submission process:
Here's how the free sample offer works:
You'll need to instruct your readers to download and print this form from the ASPEX website.
They'll fill out the form and mail it along with the sample they want scanned to:
Free Sample Submissions
175 Sheffield Dr.
Delmont, PA 15626
Once ASPEX has completed the scan, the images and report will be posted on ASPEX's website here.
It should take about 2 weeks for the results to post to the ASPEX website, and we will also notify submitters via email. Samples scanned for free will not be returned.
So I figured, what the hell. I'll give it a try.
Below is a picture of the sample I am going to send. I'm not entirely sure what it is but it seems to be a piece of basalt with some yellow quartz crystals growing on the inside, similar to a geode. The plan is to fill out the form today then I will follow up with posts as I get the materials and send out the sample. So lets see how this goes.