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Department of Mineral Sciences

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The Department of Mineral Sciences Materials Processing Laboratory is uniquely equipped for cutting, grinding, polishing and sampling of a wide variety of material types and sizes. The laboratory includes a 10 ton capacity wire saw, abrasive and diamond saws up to 24 inches in diameter. Cut surfaces from very small to square meters in size can be ground and polished.

Meteorites and rocks from around the world have been prepared in the lab. Many examples of these can be seen in the Janet Annenburg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Meteorites. Most of the work currently done in the lab is in the support of ongoing scientific research or collections management.

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