Sedimentary Petrography Laboratory

Housed within the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University, this facility is the leading lab in the state to study the geology of Michigan. Dr. William Harrison directs this lab and students can use the resources for research and study.

Student viewing microscope and computer monitor

Student using equipment at the lab

The lab is made up of:

  • High-end PC-based work stations with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, PETRA and Image analysis software
  • Large format high end HP plotter
  • Leica DC 480 digital microscope camera set up for direct DVD collection and projection to large screen with LCD projector
  • Leica M-420 broad field polarizing microscope
  • Luminoscope Cathodoluminescence stage and microscope
  • Nikon Optiphot Pol research grade microscope
  • Nuralog wireline scanner

In addition, the lab has a student research library with a large number of items including the following collections:

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin
  • Geological Society of America
  • Journal of sedimentary research
  • More than 250 reference volumes plus several other journal collections
  • More than 2500 reprints filed and entered into the Endnote database
  • Palaios and paleobiology