Earth Sciences cover a wide range of scientific disciplines that conduct research on the detailed characterization of geological materials. Scanning electron microscopy is a vital tool in this field and provides high resolving power as well as several analytical capabilities. Secondary electron imaging is essential in micropaleontology where the topology is so important while backscattered electron imaging and analytical capabilities are more relevant in mineralogy, petrology, and economic geology. The TESCAN portfolio offers dedicated instruments that are capable of satisfying the many demands of specific and general geological applications.
Geology is probably the most prominent discipline focused on the study of our planet and life on it. Geology is further divided into different branches according to the object of study. Solid rocks and their mineral components are studied by petrology and mineralogy. The evolution of life and description of its ancient forms is the subject of paleontology. Economic geology covers earth materials used for economic and industrial purposes and includes ore deposits and oil & gas reservoirs. The findings of mineralogy and economic geology are applied in extractive metallurgy – a scientific engineering discipline focused on ore processing.