Magmatic Ore Fluids Laboratory

Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Area(s) of Expertise

The lab uses a unique combination of state-of-the-art microanalytical tools to analyze trapped ore fluids in precious-metal deposits with the aim of developing novel exploration criteria to locate hidden mineral resources in Canada.

What the facility does

Microanalysis of Earth materials, specializing in precious metals

Research Services

Mineral and fluid inclusion microanalysis, Microthermometry, Infrared and ultraviolet microscopy, Geological modeling, Trace-element analysis

Sectors of Application
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Mining, minerals and metals

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Ore Fluids Laboratory

Melt inclusion microscope

Analysis of trapped melt inclusions in minerals up to 1500oC


UV/VIS fluid inclusion microscope

Analysis of trapped fluid inclusions in

minerals up to 600oC


Infrared fluid inclusion microscope

Analysis of trapped fluid inclusions in opaque minerals up to 600oC



Separation of rare minerals from rocks


Hydrothermal autoclave

Simulation of deep Earth processes


Fluid inclusion gas chromatograph

Analysis of volatiles in fluid inclusions


Melt inclusion homogenization furnace

Preparation of samples for analysis

  • Vale Canada
  • KGHM International
  • Terrane Metals Corp.
  • NewGold Incorporated
  • Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust
  • Government of Canada
  • Geoscience Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
  • Impala Platinum
  • Laurentian University
  • University of Toronto



Progress magazine: 2012 article on lab research highlights

Guest lecture: 2012 at MIT Earth and Planetary Science