Thin Section Lab

This campaign ended on November 01, 2017, but you can still make a gift to Colorado School of Mines by clicking here!

Support the Mines Thin Section Lab!

Geoscience is core to the Colorado School of Mines education and having state-of-the-art technology serves to enhance student learning. The Thin Section Lab, found in Berthoud Hall on campus, needs your support to ensure that our students have the tools they need.

The preparation of thin sections represents a fundamental step required for the study of minerals and rocks. Thin sections are very thin slices of material, usually 20, 30, or 90 microns in thickness, mounted on a glass slide, and precision polished. These techniques are critical for research geologists to:

  • identify minerals in rocks
  • study microstructural characteristics of rocks
  • analyze mineral sand the fluids with which they've interacted.

Thin section investigation provides a more comprehensive understanding of how rocks form.

The current Thin Section Lab does amazing, nationally recognized work, but the equipment is failing. Our students are using the same equipment alumni from the 70's used in their classwork. It's time for some upgrades!

When you make a gift to the Thin Section Lab before December 31, it will be matched 1:1 by a generous pledge from Tim Bartshe, '71 & '73, up to a collective total of $25,000. Help us jump-start our fundraising with an October goal of $10,000 and enable the lab to:

  • repair current equipment
  • purchase new slides and grit to produce more sections
  • increase the output of the lab = more learning for students and faculty.
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