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Department of Geological Sciences

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As a student in the department, you will have access to a wide variety of facilities and technical tools related to their particular field such as:

Computer Labs A number of computer labs are available for student use. Geological/petrological, statistical, GIS (ARCInfo and other software), image processing and cartographic software packages are also available.
Rock Prep Lab A lab with rock saws and other equipment is available for specimen production.
Microscope Lab

Several rooms with research microscopes are available. Equipment includes:

  • Nikon Eclipse LV Pol 100 microscope for highest level of optical quality, operability and stability for polarizing microscopy
  • Leica Z16 APO macroscope: Manual 16:1 Macroscope for detailed documentation, measurement and evaluation
  • Digital Sight DS-2Mv camera (works on both the microscope and microscope)
  • Olympus BX51-P microscope with Petrog automatic counting stage
Hydrology Lab

A state-of-the-art stream simulation table is available for research purposes

Core Lab Facility

The core lab has an OFITE Spectral Gamma Ray Logger (SGR-74)

Handheld XRF/XRD

A handheld Brucker XRF and a portable TERRA XRD/XRF analyzer are available

Paleontology Lab

A small paleontology lab is available with storage and limited preparation facilities

Rock Strength Equipment
  • 2 Equotip portable hardness tester (Model: EQUOTIP BAMBINO 2) to estimate rock strength
  • Hand-held indentation devices to estimate rock strength
  • PLT-110 DIGITAL POINT LOAD TESTING SYSTEM. Digital Point Load TestingApparatus to measure the point load strength index
  • PLT-100-ULT ULTRASONIC VELOCITY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM: Ultrasonic Velocity test system for automatic measurements of P wave velocities through rock specimens
  • Morehouse Calibration 225,000 pound Load Cell installed on the GCTS 1000 kN (224809 pound) Unconfined Testing System
Low-T Geochemistry Lab
  • A SpectroBLUE TI Inductively Coupled Plasma- Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) with Teledyne ASX-560 autosampler
  • Bruker MultiMode 8 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • TA Instrument Q600 Simultaneous Thermogravimetric/Differential Scanning Calorimeter (TGA/DSC)
  • Elementar vario EL cube CHNS elemental analyzer
  • Bruker Alpha II FTIR spectrometer
  • Horiba Scientific Duetta Fluorescence/Absorbance Spectrometer
  • ThermoScientific Evolution 220 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • ThermoScientific Barnstead SMART2PURE water system
  • Milestone ETHOSUP High performance Microwave Digestion System
  • SRI 8610C Greenhouse Gas (CO2, CH4, N2O) analyzer with H2 generator
  • Marvel Scientific -20 oC lab freezer
  • Marvel Scientific Lab refrigerator
  • Fisher Scientific ISOTEMP lab oven
  • Lindberg BLUE M Tube Furnace
  • Fisher Scientific Model EXD Centrifuge
  • MBraun MB10 compact glovebox
  • RADWAG MYA2.4Y microbalance
  • VWR 28L Thermostatted waterbath
  • Geonics EM38-MKII Ground Conductivity meter
  • Multiple Flow Adsorption Microcalorimeters