Sussman has spent years researching the science behind each shot, tracking down researchers to find out what they know — and then figuring out exactly where she needs to head next.
Recall that atoms are the basic building blocks of matter.
When the organisms die, they stop incorporating new C-14, and the old C-14 starts to decay back into N-14 by emitting beta particles.
The older an organism's remains are, the less beta radiation it emits because its C-14 is steadily dwindling at a predictable rate.
“I want to differentiate them from landscapes or straight documentary; these organisms have so much character and in some way they are all individuals.” In these often quiet, calm images, it’s the story beneath the surface that counts.
Many of the images are contained in her book, , in which she offers a crisp snapshot of a world that has lasted for millennia — sometimes against all of humanity’s best efforts. At the bottom, see the TED Talk she gave on her quest back in 2010.