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Thin Section Preparation

New Zealand's most sophisticated thin section laboratory producing the highest quality sections. A quality section is our number one goal.


Download the brochure:
ThinSections_Aug14_toPrint.pdf (1.20 MB)

Turnaround times
Typically 4-6 weeks, from receipt of sample depending on volumes submitted. A priority service is available. Please contact us for the current turnaround time or for priority service.

Price List
ThinSections_priceList_toWeb.pdf (31.75 kB)

Sample Submission
ThinSec_Submission_form.pdf (68.88 kB)
ThinSectionsOrderForm.pdf (33.41 kB)

Please contact us for specific details on how to submit your samples and to inform us of samples you are sending.

All parcels containing samples of non-New Zealand origin MUST be accompanied by the Import Permit, and have the Permit number written on the outside of the package, please email us for this information.

Please print off the Thin Section Submission form and Order form and include these with your samples.

PDF Documents for Download
ImportPermit2013-14.pdf (1.13 MB)

Please address to Sonja Beremudez

Sample required
Fist sized samples may be sent for thin section, but it is often better to saw the samples into centimetre thick slabs before dispatch. Take care to clearly mark any special orientation marks and preferably include a diagram or digital image to indicate such marks clearly. Please be aware we do NOT do "water free" sections.

Courier Address
Attention: Sonja Bermudez
 GNS Science
 Mineral Services - Thin Sections Laboratory
 National Isotope Centre
 30 Gracefield Road
 Lower Hutt 5010
 New Zealand

Contact us:

Sonja Bermudez, Geological Research Labs and Collections Manager,
Call: +64 4 570 4850
Contact Sonja here.