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Rock and Mineral Prep

The rock and mineral preparation lab houses equipment for preparing earth materials for additional analyses. Rock and mineral specimens may be crushed or cut, ground, and polished as needed for petrological or geochemical evaluation. The equipment is available for student use in research and coursework.


  • Thin section cutoff saw and grinder
  • Low-speed saw
  • 15" slab saw
  • 8" trim saw
  • Chipmunk jaw crusher (reduces coarse gravels to pea-sized)
  • Tungsten carbide shatter box (reduces pea-sized gravels to fine powder)
  • Tungsten carbide ball mill (reduces pea-sized gravels to coarse powder)
  • Grinding and polishing wheels