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Laboratory for Isotope Geology
At the Laboratory for Isotope Geology (LIG) we measure the ages of minerals and rocks using naturally occurring radioactive isotopes and their daughter products.
Geology is a science describing our Planet and its 4.5 billion year long evolution. For such studies is it essential to determine the age of geological materials, and how material is transported by different geological processes.
At the Laboratory for Isotope Geology (LIG) we determine the ages of minerals and rocks using naturally occurring radioactive isotopes and their daughter products. Variations in isotopic composition of different elements also provide information about the origin of rocks and ores, and are used to trace recent geochemical processes and the transport of elements in the environment. Isotope analysis requires mass spectrometers and other specialized equipment. The Laboratory for Isotope Geology is the only one of its kind in Sweden and serves as a national facility. Also located at the Laboratory for Isotope Geology is the Nordic geological ion microprobe facility NORDSIM.
Together with other research departments within the museum, LIG has been granted money for establishing a Swedish center for microanalysis - called the Vegacenter - at the museum. Work is now underway with the goal of opening the center during 2014. More information about these plans may be found in the link below.
The Swedish Museum of Natural History has been part of the Integrated Infrastructure Initiative SYNTHESYS, supported by the European Community during 2004-2008 and 2009-2013, and has received foreign (European) visitors for training and research under this scheme. A continuation of the program for a new four-year period ("SYNTHESYS-3") started in September 2013.