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 At Earth Sciences Department, we have the following Laboratories:

  1. Physical Geology Lab and Museum
  2. Mineralogy/ Petrology Lab
  3. Thin Section Lab
  4. Photomicroscope Lab
  5. GIS Lab
  6. Tectonic Lab
  7. Dendrochronology Lab
  8. Central Analytical Research Lab
  9. Applied Chemistry
  10. Radiation Physics Lab

Physical Geology Lab and Museum

Physical Geology Lab and Museum is equipped with samples of rocks, minerals, and fossils.  All three categories of rocks, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic are displayed along with samples of metallic and non-metallic minerals.  Geological, tectonic, seismicity, and concession maps of petroleum exploration are displayed in the lab for an overview of the geology of Pakistan and hydrocarbon exploration.  As such this lab serves as a first stop to learn about the dynamic earth and geology of Pakistan.

Mineralogy/Petrology Lab

Mineralogy/Petrology Lab is equipped with polarizing microscopes and zoo stereoscopes, standard rocks, minerals, and thin sections to study the rocks and minerals.  It is in this lab that minerals and features that are not identifiable by the naked eye are studied with the microscopes.  The lab serves as a central facility both for teaching and research in the department.

Thin Section Lab

In the Thin Section Lab, mainly thin sections are produced. A thin section is a laboratory preparation of a rock, mineral, soil, pottery, bones, etc. for use with a polarizing petrographic microscope, electron microscope and electron microprobe.

Photomicroscope Lab

 The department has fully functional research grade photomicroscope being used for petrography of rocks by cui faculty and students.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) are computer-based technologies & methodologies for collecting, managing, manipulating, analyzing, modeling, and presenting spatially referenced data. These systems are used for mapping and to support geographic-based decision making.

Students better grasp the digitization of geological maps, mineral identification using satellite pictures, annotating satellite data to build risk maps, disaster management, and geostatistical analysis in RS & GIS laboratories of the Earth Sciences department.

Central Analytical Research Lab

Central Analytical Lab deals with analyses of heavy minerals and metals in water and soil.  Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer is used for the analysis of aromatic and volatile compounds in water and soil by Gas Chromatography.  The lab serves to facilitate studies in hydrogeology and geochemistry and environmental geology.

Applied Chemistry Lab

Laboratory of Applied Chemistry is involved in the analysis, treatment and recycling of the effluents of soil, textile, tannery and chemical industry.

Radiation Physics Lab

Radiation Physics Lab established in the Department of Physics, CUI is an allied facility, available to the students of the Department of Earth Sciences.  It offers the unique opportunity of research in radon emission from rocks and structures to identify zones of excessive radon and to study fault zones.  Here, Fission Track Dating can also be done to unearth geological events and rates of uplift and exhumation in the active Himalayas.