Location: Old Building First Floor
The Geology Museum of the Department is small, but has an excellent collection of minerals, rocks, gems and fossils. A primary role of the museum is to illustrate the diversity of the geology and mineral resources of Sri Lanka. It includes an extensive collection of specimens of many mineral varieties and rocks including gemstones. It serves as a teaching resource for university students and school children as well as the general public.
The main sections of the museum are Mineral Gallery, Rock collection with different examples of igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary rocks, Sri Lankan Gem Collection; Sri Lankan Rock Collection and many more.
Visitors also can touch a real meteorite which is the only recorded meteorite in Sri Lanka.
The Geology Museum welcomes groups of all kinds, particularly school groups of all ages. The museum offers short educational programs for school students that include a short lectureon minerals, rocks and mineral identification.
To arrange special tours conducted by staff members of the Department of Geology and please call the Geology Office at (081) 2394200.
The Museum is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and at other times by special prior arrangement.
Location: South Wing - Ground Floor
The Geology Department houses a Zeiss EVO LS15 high-performance, Variable Pressure Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope with an EDX (Energy Dispersive System). The low vacuum mode, allows for observation of specimens which cannot be viewed at high vacuum due to excessive water content or due to a non-conductive surface.
The SEM facilities are available for use by both members of the university and external users.
For SEM Reservation:
+94 81 239 4270/71 (Mr. Danushka Gamage)
Location: South Wing - First Floor
The Inorganic Geochemistry Laboratory is one of the best equipped sections in the department that can measure the chemical composition of earth materials. The laboratory is well equippedwith modern facilities for sample preparation and analysesand chemical storage facilities. The quality controlling of the analyses is assured by using standard operating procedures with certified reference materials.
Location: South Building - Ground Floor
The lab is used for exercises on geological mapping and students can learn the fundamentals of physical geology using topographic and geological maps. Varieties of local and foreign topographic maps, air photos, and satellite images, geological maps areavailable in this laboratory. This lab is also equipped with instruments required for field geology exercises.
Location: South Building - First Floor
Research in the Sedimentology Laboratory focuses on the characterization of marine and lacustrine sediments and sedimentary rocks, using grain-size analysis, petrography, mineralogy, and paleontology.The laboratory houses standard laboratory equipment for routine analysis of sediment and sediment cores including drying ovens, muffle furnaces, microscopes, centrifuges, water baths, and balances. The facility also includes an automated magnetic separator. Facilities are also provided for the extraction and separation of sediment biogenic components including carbonate, diatoms and pollen. Further, field equipment includes sediment coring devices such as Russian Corer and square rod piston corer and depth sounder.
Location: South Building - Second Floor
This lab is basically dedicated to students to learn the identification of crystals, rocks and minerals using models and hand specimens. The lab houses a collection of such specimens.
Location: South Wing - Second Floor
The laboratory provides facilities for petrographic analyses of rocks and minerals. Large collection of mineral and rock thin sections are available for students to learn optical properties of mineral and microscopic investigations of rocks. The laboratory is equipped with facilities for rock cutting and polishing and preparation of thin sections.