The UA Geosciences Department will have expansive laboratories and expanded programs on the lower level. Gemologists and mineral collectors will be able to access state-of-the-art technologies, including Raman analysis, X-ray diffraction, and mass spectroscopy.
These precision analytical tools allow Earth scientists to identify mineral species and their characteristics. Data can then be added to the RRUFF Database, a University of Arizona project that is amassing a set of high quality mineral data for identifying minerals both on Earth and other planets. Our technology will share this information with the world, setting a standard for identification that will benefit scientists, collectors, museums, and the mining industry.