Correlative imaging study of soils published

Researchers from Swansea University, The University of Sheffield, and The Natural History Museum (London) recently published a multi-scale study of Icelandic soils using multi-modal chemical and imaging tools. The work published in Nature’s Scientific Reports involves a comprehensive correlative imaging study which demonstrates the use of state of the art chemical analytical and imaging tools to better understand the multi-scale structures of soils in both 2D and 3D. Dragonfly was used for 3D visualization and is generally well suited to registration (alignment) of 2D and 3D image data from different sources, such as XRM (X-ray CT), FIB-SEM, and SEM or optical microscopy.

According to lead author Dr Ria Mitchell, “Dragonfly is great for 2D and 3D image visualization and registration, and for the correlation of data from multiple sources at various scales. Dragonfly presents an easy to use interface for these tasks, and provides an excellent package for visualisation and segmentation”.


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R.L. Mitchell, P. Davies, P. Kenrick, T. Volkenandt, C. Pleydell-Pearce, and R. Johnston, Correlative Microscopy: a tool for understanding soil weathering in modern analogues of early terrestrial biospheres. Scientific Reports, Volume 11, Article Number 12736, 2021 (

Keywords: Soil, Tomography, Microscopy, Correlative Imaging,Soi Structure, Thickness Map, Channel Thickness, Scanning Electron Microscopy