University Of Cape Town Geology

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University Of Cape Town Geology


The Department of Geological Sciences maintains a number of internal laboratories and analytical facilities.  The facilities are available to both internal and external (other tertiary institutions and commercial) users at affordable rates.  The Department houses the following laboratories/instruments:
Laboratories/Instruments:
Multi-collector ICP-MS
Quadrupole ICP-MS
Electron Microprobe
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)
X-ray Diffractometer (XRD)
Linkam Fluid Inclusion Laboratory
Stable isotope Laboratory​
Geophysics Software Laboratory
Sedimentology Laboratory
Laboratories and instruments are supported by staffed, sample preparation facilities and clean labs.
A thin section facility and rock crushing room are also housed in the Department.
In addition, the Department of Geological Sciences owns a suite of vehicles used to support fieldwork and research activities at the University. These can be hired on a first-come-first-served basis.  Contact Bruce Cairns (bruce.cairns@uct.ac.za; 021-650-2906) or John Harrison (john.harrison@uct.ac.za; 021-650-2909) for more information.
To contact lab supervisors for any of our facilities, go to the corresponding lab/instrument page and submit an inquiry.  Someone will get back to you within 24 hours. 
Department telephone and fax numbers:
Main Office:  +27 (0)21-650-2931
Fax:  +27 (0)21-650-3783
Physical Address
Department of Geological Sciences
University Avenue, Upper Campus
University of Cape Town ​
Rondebosch 7701
South Africa
Postal (Courier) Address
13 University Avenue
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3
Rondebosch 7701
South Africa