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Department members have access to an array of tools to enable their research.



Electron Microprobe

The electron microprobe facility at AMNH houses a 5-spectrometer Cameca SX-100 and can detect and analyze elements from B to U at concentrations as low as 0.01 weight percent.

Jim Webster in Lab


Experimental Petrology Lab

In our Petrology lab, we can simulate volcanic conditions with several furnaces that operate at atmospheric pressure. Also, with our three cold-seal hydrothermal pressure vessels and a single internally heated pressure vessel (IHPV) we generate the conditions under which many magmatic and metamorphic reactions occur in the crust.

X-ray Diffraction 1


X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory

The department houses a laboratory for study of minerals and crystalline substances using X-ray diffraction techniques.



FTIR Laboratory

The FTIR Laboratory at AMNH is the focal point for vibrational spectroscopy studies of geologic materials in the New York metropolitan area.


Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory - ICPMS Lab

The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory-American Museum of Natural History ICP-MS Lab is located at Columbia University's Lamont Campus in Palisades NY. The lab supports one MC-ICPMS, 2 quadropole ICPMS, and a brand new laser ablation system.

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
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