Public Lab Research note

Particle Visualization Event in Hixton, WI

by gretchengehrke | February 20, 2018 23:04 20 Feb 23:04 | #15788 | #15788

Event details

Public Lab is hosting an event to visualize airborne particles from frac sand mining using samples collected on properties next to the mine in Hixton.

What: DIY microscope visualization of airborne particles from frac sand mining and processing

Where: The Sedelbauer's farm; N8970 South Adams Road Hixton, WI 54635

When: 1pm - 3pm, Sunday March 4th

Why: This event will include a hands-on activity for a new technique that could be used in frac sand advocacy, and will include an open discussion to plan next steps. We'll learn about the specific issues faced by farmers adjacent to frac sand mines as the Sedelbauers will share their experience and what they've noticed with their animals.

Please spread the word and save the date! We look forward to seeing you in Hixton!


To learn more about environmental issues related to frac sand mining and processing, please see the Public Lab frac sand wiki. To see community research and activities related to frac sand issues, please see the frac sand tag. This event will feature DIY microscopes too.

This event is on 03-04-2018 iCal

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Thanks, @amirberAgain - i think the event might be a bit tight on time but we should try to get a follow-up e-meeting for the images we take during the event perhaps?

I also noticed @ag8n has been finding some good reference images for silica/non-silica particles that we can use for comparison, in this question. I'd love to have some good pictures to have on hand as we're actually viewing through the microscopes.

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@warren, I get that, this really is a short time and would be great to talk about doing so at some other opportunity. I commented to @ag8n 's post. I think it is important that we evaluate images captured by the HW setup used by the public lab set up to know how those particles look like threw it. It might be worthwhile to try to reach out to Edmund optics, at last month's Photonics West they were giving away business card sized polarizer freebies, maybe they will be willing to share some with the public lab.

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Oh, great idea! Thanks! Also @stevie is not in right now but we can check with her too. Thanks!!!

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