Rock sample preparation lab

In the rock sample preparation lab geological samples collected in the field are prepared for further laboratory analysis. The type of preparation required depends on both the type of analysis being performed as well as the character of the sample, and the rock sample preparation lab therefore hosts many different tools.

The sample preparation lab holds many tools. (Photo: M. Harding)

In the rock sample preparation lab, rock samples collected in the field may be processed and prepared prior to further analysis. It is often necessary to reduce the size of the sample, some analyses require a smooth, polished surface, or it may be necessary to grind the rock to a fine powder.

The rock sample preparation lab hosts numerous tools for various methods of processing rock samples, including crushing, milling, cutting, drilling, polishing and making thin sections.

Tools in the sample preparation lab are used to make rock samples suitable for further analysis. (Photo: M. Harding)