The Diné College Apatite Fission-Track Lab (DCAF-T, pronounced “decaf tea”) specializes in examining the fission-tracks in apatite and zircon grains. The lab was founded as a result from a donation from the University of Florida with the help of Apatite.com Partners LLC in 2022. The microscope facilitates the ability to view acid etched fission-tracks in apatite or zircon crystals that have been liberated from their host rocks. The number and length of fission-tracks in an apatite or zircon crystal can provide estimates of the thermal history of a region.


Olympus BX60 microscope

Lumenera Infinity 2 digital camera

Dell Optiplex 9020

  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 2.1 TB hard drive,
  • 3.40 GHz x8 i7-4770 processor

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