PETCAT-SCAN: A NEW TOOL FOR QUANTITATIVE PETROGRAPHY IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND BEYOND (Invited Presentation)
In order to help faculty in geoscience departments in the US to generate high quality online resources for their classes at rates much faster than can be done by manual methods during this period of uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established the NSF-funded PetCAT Scan facility. The system consists of a fully automated Zeiss Axio Scan Z1. A powerful feature of our system is its automated multichannel acquisition, generating virtual thin sections, transforming any computer into the equivalent of a petrographic microscope.
In this contribution, we will present capabilities of the PetCAT Scan facility, and how this instrument can change our way of teaching microscope-based classed, as well as shape future research. We also bring examples of how the PetCAT-scan facility was used over the last year at Kansas State University, in our geology curriculum.