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Minerals & Fossils

Mineral and fossil conservation requires detailed image processing and analysis of through high-performance stereo and research microscopes. Whether you need to view microstructures in 3D or you need to analyze thin sections, Leica Microsystems offers versatile microscopy solutions to meet your specific application needs.

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Top Stereo Solution

Leica M60 stereomicroscope for Mineral and Fossil Conservation

Analyze, restore and preserve minerals and fossils with the Leica M60 stereomicroscope solution for Art Conservation. Experience the combination of large depth of focus and large field of view to see and analyze more of your samples. This compact and modular scope features LED illumination, Leica MC170 HD digital camera and easy-to-use Leica Application Software including LAS Annotation and LAS Report.

Top Digital Solution

Leica DVM2500 digital microscope for Mineral and Fossil Conservation

View fine fossil and mineral microstructures in 3D with the innovative and flexible Leica DVM2500 digital microscope solution for Art Conservation. Easy-to-use Leica Application Suite software and fast FireWire-camera provides detailed analysis and documentation for a variety of materials. Viewing tiny fossil details on vertical or inclined surfaces is no longer a problem with the Leica DVM2500 revolving x/y stage and flexible tilting stand.


Rock crystal (quartz) and rutile needles enclosed in rock crystal (quartz), from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Because of the light metallic lustre of the rutile needles (titanium oxide, TiO2), the trade name of this quartz variety is “platinum quartz”. The picture shows a first generation rock crystal inclusion that was enclosed by a second generation of quartz. Although the inclusion and the host material have the same refractive index, the enclosed quartz is easily recognizable due to a thin film of air at the interfaces. Width of image: approx. 6 mm, transmitted light, crossed polarizers, first-order red compensator. © Michael Hügi

Inclusion of a fly in Baltic amber. Amber is a fossil resin, and this sample originated about 35 – 40 million years ago in forests in what is now the Baltic region. Although amber is an amorphous substance and in theory optically isotropic, the flow structures of the resin due to internal strain as well as the strain caused by the inclusions can be visualised in polarised light. The use of polarized light and the first-order red compensator lead to intensive colours in the otherwise golden amber. Combination of darkfield and incident light (glass-fibre), crossed polarizers, red-1 compensator, HDRI tone mapping. © Michael Hügi