Facilities

Here are some of the facilities used for study and research by undergraduate geosciences students

in the microscope lab

Microscope Lab

More than 15 petrographic microscopes are available for teaching and research uses.

 
laser ablation equipment

Laser Ablation & Mass Spec Lab

A GBC Optimass 9500 ICP-Time of Flight-MS with a laser ablation system is available for trace element analysis of solid samples. This system has been used to measure the trace element chemistry of carbonate rocks for application to water quality issues and of spices by forensic chemists at TU to determine the region of geographic origin.

 
student in clean room

Clean Room

Multiple clean rooms are available for preparation of rock and water samples for trace or isotopic analysis

 
sem control desk

Scanning Electron Microscope

The department now houses a brand new Phenom ProX tabletop scanning electron microscope with fully integrated EDS capabilities. This low vacuum tabletop SEM is capable of accelerating voltages between 5kV and 15kV and magnifications up to 130,000x. The low vacuum allows for visualization of uncoated specimens and biologic samples. This SEM also utilizes a digital color navigation camera and automated navigation to regions of interest. The EDS system utilizes a silicon drift detector with detection of elements from B to Am.

 
stream table

Stream Table

A 10-foot long stream table is used in introductory geology labs, upper division classes, and even academic research. This table gives the ability to watch stream systems develop right before your eyes. Set up the landscape of your choice (e.g., flat, sloped, valleys, wells), turn on the water, and let nature (in miniature) take its course.