Our scientists are supporting the sustainable development of resources, using our collections of soils, clays, ores and microfossils.
We are interpreting the formation processes of ore deposits and investigating best practice for their sustainable exploration, mining and processing.
A centre for research on the geodynamics and metallogenesis of the former Soviet Union and its neighbouring territories, including China and Mongolia.
We are developing a formation model for the Serra Verde deposit in the Goiás province of central Brazil, to investigate its potential for rare earth elements (REE) extraction.
Soils and clays research
Current investigations include clays in mangrove forests, mineral-microbe interactions in soil, and ancient clays from Mars.