Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Marine Minerals Laboratory

Learn about the Marine Minerals Laboratory Suite at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.

Amy Gartman waits for an X-ray diffractometer

Amy Gartman waits for the X-ray diffractometer to finish analyzing samples of hydrothermal sulfide minerals. Credit: Amy West, USGS

In the Marine Minerals laboratory suite, we have an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer, rock saw, shatterbox, and petrographic microscopes. We do mineral identification and classification, molecular identification, and rock cutting and sampling, and we prepare samples for XRD and geochemical techniques.

Contacts

Amy Gartman, PhD

Research Oceanographer
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Phone: 831-460-7562

Kira Mizell

Research Oceanographer
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Phone: 831-460-7423