Our Cutting Laboratory is used by specially trained technicians to prepare rock samples by extracting cores and slicing thin sections.
The samples are used by researchers and students on courses including BSc (Hons) Geology, BSc (Hons) Palaeontology, and BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics.
The work carried out in the lab supports the research carried out by staff and students in the Crustal Evolution research group, the Engineering geology and natural hazards group, the Palaeontology and Stratigraphy group and the Centre for Applied Geosciences.
- Radial arm diamond-tipped coring drill – used to prepare rock cores from bulk rock
- ATM 500 saw – an automated, programmable diamond-bladed saw for precision cutting and serial slicing of rocks
- 2 large diamond bladed saws – for cutting rock chips for petrographic thin section preparation