The Earth science department at the Natural history museum of Luxembourg contribute to the conservation of the natural heritage and to the research of geological diversity.
This conservational work is based on the rock-, mineral-, fossil- and meteorite-collections, but further more on the study of the collected specimens, their original sites and their implications for earth sciences. The knowledge the study results are collected in databanks, which are accessible to scientists working on or interested in the conservation of the natural heritage.
A pole of competence has been developed on radar interferometry based on satellite (InSAR) which aims to measure the deformations of the soil and the earth crust smaller than 1 cm. The acquired experience is in demand for different projects in research, natural risk evaluation and in foreign aid.
For the study of Earth (and Space) material (components), we are favouring a inter-disciplinary approach and a large collaboration, especially with European museums and universities. In some domains, the research centre at the MnhnL admits doctoral candidates and post doc researchers from nearby universities.
The research activities in earth sciences concern the following domains:
- Optical microscopy (transmitted and reflected light petrographic microscopes)
- Electron microscopy
- Preparation equipment (rock saw, sample polishing, specimen preparation, ….)