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Laboratories

 At Earth Sciences Department, we have the following Laboratories:

  1. Physical Geology Lab and Museum
  2. Mineralogy/ Petrology Lab
  3. Central Analytical Research Lab
  4. Applied Chemistry
  5. Radiation Physics Lab

Physical Geology Lab and Museum

Physical Geology Lab and Museum is equipped with samples of rocks, minerals, and fossils.  All three categories of rocks, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic are displayed along with samples of metallic and non-metallic minerals.  Geological, tectonic, seismicity, and concession maps of petroleum exploration are displayed in the lab for an overview of the geology of Pakistan and hydrocarbon exploration.  As such this lab serves as a first stop to learn about the dynamic earth and geology of Pakistan.

Mineralogy/Petrology Lab

Mineralogy/Petrology Lab is equipped with polarizing microscopes and zoo stereoscopes, standard rocks, minerals, and thin sections to study the rocks and minerals.  It is in this lab that minerals and features that are not identifiable by the naked eye are studied with the microscopes.  The lab serves as a central facility both for teaching and research in the Department.

Central Analytical Research Lab

Central Analytical Lab deals with analyses of heavy minerals and metals in water and soil.  Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer is used for the analysis of aromatic and volatile compounds in water and soil by Gas Chromatography.  The lab serves to facilitate studies in hydrogeology and geochemistry, and environmental geology.

Applied Chemistry Lab

Laboratory of Applied Chemistry is involved in the analysis, treatment and recycling of the effluents of soil, textile, tannery and chemical industry.

Radiation Physics Lab

Radiation Physics Lab established in the Department of Physics, CIIT, Islamabad is an allied facility, available to the students of the Department of Earth Sciences.  It offers unique opportunity of research in radon emission from rocks and structures to identify zones of excessive radon and to study fault zones.  Here, Fission Track Dating can also be done to unearth geological events and rates of uplift and exhumation in the active Himalayas.