TORONTO, Ontario The ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM will close the world-renowned Jack Satterly Geochronology Laboratory at the end of this month. The facility will be moving to the University of Toronto's Department of Geology in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
The lab was founded in 1975 and specializes in dating rocks, and a lot of them have accumulated on this planet in the last 4 billion years. Specifically, an understanding of geochronology is a significant tool in the hunt for new mineral deposits.
"The geology department is seizing an opportunity to secure a unique resource for earth science," says Prof. Steve Scott, chair of the geology department. "Because of its low contamination methods and the experience of its scientific staff, the lab is capable of dating minerals such as zircon with a sensitivity and age resolution that are unmatched anywhere else. The facility shows no signs of abating, and it is essential to Canada's leadership in geochronology."
Prof. Scott can be contacted at 416-987-3021 or [email protected]