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Department of Earth Sciences


The main activity of the department’s thin section workshop is making sections of rock samples for teaching and research. Sections may be prepared for examination by light microscopy, electron probe, cathodoluminescence, SEM etc. Preparations include ‘standard’ (30µm) thin sections, polished thin sections and polished resin blocks. These services are available to undergraduates as well as research and academic staff in the department.

Whether you are a professional or amateur geologist, or a student studying earth sciences or an educational establishment teaching geology and you are interested in our thin section services, please contact:


Ian Chaplin -

(0191) 3342327

Thin Section Services
Earth Sciences Department
 of Durham
Science Laboratories
South Road