State Key Laboratory of continental Dynamics
The State Key Laboratory of Continental Dynamics at Northwest University was founded on the basis of the former laboratory of department of Geology in 1992 and it quickly became a provincial key laboratory of Shaanxi Province. In 2000, the laboratory was promoted to be a key laboratory of Ministry of Education and 3 years later in 2003 approved to be an incubation base of the province-ministry joined key laboratory by Ministry of Science and Technology. In 2005, the laboratory filed an application to become a state key laboratory, after one year of reconstruction, the Ministry of Science and Technology approved and turned the laboratory into a state key laboratory. This was the first state key laboratory in both Northwest University and the province-run universities in Shaanxi province.