- Lat. 52°12'44"N, Long. 0°4'50"E
BAS has one of the largest collections of Antarctic rocks and fossils in the world. The unique and irreplaceable collections contain over 200,000 specimens from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic Islands collected over the last 75 years for a variety of geological disciplines such as petrology, mineralogy, sedimentology, palæontology, micropalæontology and palynology.
The Geological laboratories provide facilities for:
- Petrographic preparation (cutting, crushing, powdering, magnetic separation) for geochemical analysis.
- Sedimentology including grain size analysis.
- Sediment core work (splitting, sampling, sieving).
- Micropalæontology (quantitative diatom slide preparation, foraminifera analysis).
- Palæontology (fossil analysis, replication, photography).
- Microscopy (petrographic, binocular, stereoscopic).
Contains over 200,000 individual rock and fossil specimens collected from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands and thousands of meters of sediment core from the surrounding seabed.