The ROM's earth and space lab
The ROM has recently upgraded its laboratories in the Centre of Earth and Space through the help of donors, including the Walker Club. This talk will show the transition from "old" to "new" and describe the new X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy equipment. The ROM has made significant contributions to mineralogy and our knowledge of the Earth and our Solar System. This talk will also discuss some of the great discoveries of the past and current research occurring in the Centre of Earth and Space. The story of how our planet and the Solar System formed and evolved is written in the minerals we all love. This talk will show how the ROM is trying to help unravel this exciting story.
Brendt C. Hyde
Brendt has worked as a mineralogy research technician at the ROM since 2010. His primary role is to keep the laboratories in Earth and Space up and running and help Kim Tait<http://rom.on.ca/en/collections-research/rom-staff/kim-tait> (Research Chair) meet her research goals. Brendt has had a long time interest in space and has developed an appreciation for the instruments used to analyze minerals and rocks. His interests have taken him into the world of meteoritics where he has begun studying melting processes in the early Solar System. This type of research gives us a better understanding of how asteroids and planets formed.