Economic and environmental earth sciences

Our scientists are supporting the sustainable developmentĀ of resources, using our collections of soils, clays, ores and microfossils.

Ores research

We are interpreting the formation processes of ore deposits and investigating best practice for their sustainable exploration, mining and processing.

Soils and clays research

Current investigations include clays in mangrove forests, mineral-microbe interactions in soil, and ancient clays from Mars.  

Micropalaeontology research

The Museum's huge microfossil collection is helping us to reconstruct past environments and locate hydrocarbon reserves buried deep underground.