Research Microscopy Laboratory
The research microscopy lab provides University of Washington graduate students and faculty with state-of-the-art optical microscopes to look at rock slabs, thin sections and grain mounts. The laboratory has 12 stereomicroscopes, and 6 polarizing petrographic microscopes (including one mounted with a digital camera) that can be used to look and describe small objects (from a few centimeters to a few microns). Research endeavors taking place in this lab are as broad as the department is, including projects in micropaleontology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology, geomorphology, glacial geology and geobiology.
Rock Preparation Laboratories
The department of Earth and Space Sciences hosts several labs dedicated to rock sample preparation (cutting, crushing, pulverizing, polishing), thin sectioning, and heavy minerals separation. The rules of use, location and description of the equipment together with tutorials are available here: rockprep.ess.washington.edu .