Mineralogy and Thin Sectioning

The purpose of preparation of rocks, minerals, ceramic, and biological specimens is most often:

  • Classification of rocks
  • Identification and mapping of minerals: dating or exploration, for example
  • Analysis: major and trace elements, textural studies, or isotopic composition, for example
  • Studies of fluid inclusions
  • Studies of microfossils
  • Studies of rock fabrics, e.g. porosity and permeability
  • Studies of texture and age of bones/teeth