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PETROGRAPHIC SERVICES

Small and large batch thin sectioning services. From regular to staining to polished, we can do it all for reasonable prices. Interpretation and consulting upon request.

MINERAL RESEARCH

We are currently expanding our mineral analytical services for individuals and industry. FREE mineral analysis available for individuals as part of our community outreach.

CEU TRAINING COURSES

COMING SOON! Training courses and field courses for “CEU” credits. Anticipated CEU coursework in thin sectioning, SEM / EDS, XRD and PETRA coming soon. Check back for details.

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PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS DIVISION

In our effort to expose students to meaningful, real life, hands-on training we have created our Professional Services Division. Here, our emerging geoscientists provide services for the community, industry and academia under the tutelage and supervision of experts in the field and at the same time raise funding for our department to better facilitate education, research and scholarship. By using our services, clients will not only get quality work for very reasonable prices, they will also help in the education of new geologists.

Besides, certain donations by our clients might be tax deductible. Talk to a professional tax advisor for details.

EFFECTS OF ACID SOLUTIONS ON THE ARBUCKLE FORMATION OF NORTHERN OKLAHOMA

Felicia Kruger, Uwe Kackstaetter, James Cronoble, Barbara Echohawk


New Suspected Kimberlite - Northern Colorado

By Stephanie Gallegos and Uwe Kackstaetter, Ph.D.

Abstract

Kimberlite pipes are small in diameter, carrot shaped, geologically elusive, ultra mafic igneous structures which are penetrating the crust all the way from the mantle. They often occur in swarms, such as in the Colorado – Wyoming district, are primary source rocks for diamonds, and are very difficult to detect. A small Kimberlite is believed to exist in a road cut on County Road 45E and Highway 287, just North of Virginia Dale, Colorado, in a minor fault line. While first surveys confirmed the presence of chlorite, a common decompositional mineral of ultra-mafic lithologies, additional data such as PLM (Polarized Light Microscopy) investigation of thin sections, XRD (X-ray Diffraction), chemical testing through the ICP (inductively coupled plasma) and XRF (X-ray Fluorescence) analysis, as well as heavy mineral identification, strongly supports the initial hypothesis. Additionally, preliminary scans, with the most up to date research technology (TIMA mineral analyzer), has unambiguously shown the presence of pyrope garnets, clinoclore, diopside and magnetite; strong indicator minerals of kimberlitic rocks.


1st place undergraduate research poster at the 125th annual AIPG Convention 2014!

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METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

NEWLY EMERGING UNDERGRADUATE GEOSCIENCE PROGRAMS FOCUSING ON APPLIED AND FIELD EXPERIENCES IN GEOLOGY, HYDROGEOLOGY, LAND USE, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND GIS. WE OFFER NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCES, ONE-ON-ONE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECTS, HANDS ON TRAINING IN PETROGRAPHIC THIN-SECTIONING, LIDAR, SEM, EDX, XRD AND MUCH MORE.


OUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DIVISION PROVIDES REAL LIFE TRAINING FOR EMERGING GEOSCIENTISTS WHILE PROVIDING REASONABLY PRICED SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS, INDUSTRY AND THE COMMUNITY.


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