Rock Sample Preparation Laboratory
Rocks and mineral samples frequently require some degree of preparation (e.g., sorting, sieving, cutting, polishing) prior to use.
To support student and/or faculty research projects and course-related activities, the rock sample preparation lab in the Pacific Geosciences Center is equipped to process a wide range of geologic samples.
The rock preparation lab is a general use facility, but is often used by students in Petrography, Structural Geology, and Geologic Field Methods.
The Rock Sample Preparation lab features:
- Diamond bladed trim saw (Barranca 10")
- Diamond bladed slab saws (Coddington 12" and Lortone 18")
- Flat lap grinding and polishing wheels
- Thin section cut-off saw and polishing equipment
- Rocklabs hydraulic crusher/splitter
- Spex-Carver Hydraulic press
- Spex Claisse Fluxy automatic fluxer
- Shatterbox (Spex-Certiprep 8515)
- Mixer/Mill (Spex-Certiprep 8000M)
- Muffle furnace
Students must have permission from a faculty member to use this facility, and equipment may not be used without prior care and safety instruction.
See Drs. Lydia Fox and Kurt Burmeister for room access.