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Palynology and Earth Science Laboratories

The Palynology and Earth Science Laboratories at GNS Science, Gracefield, are multipurpose laboratories designed for a wide range of sample preparation and analysis within a secure, safe and contaminant-free environment.

The primary function of these laboratories is to process rock and sediment samples for palynological analysis – the study of pollen, spores, dinoflagellate cysts and other microscopic organic material. Samples are also processed from micropaleontology – especially for study of radiolarians and diatoms. The laboratories also prepare samples for mineralogical, geochemical and sedimentological analysis, and for radiometric dating.

Palynology processing and analysis is undertaken on a wide range of materials for research and consultancy:

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