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Facilities and Equipment


Computer Laboratory

Equipment includes:

  • 30  Dell computers, scanners, and laser and color printers
  • HP Designjet T2300 eMFP large format plotter and scanner

GIS and remote sensing software

  • ESRI ArcGIS 10
  • ERDAS Imagine 2010

Hydrologic software

  • AquaChem
  • Visual MODFlow
  • AquiferTest
  • BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating point & Non-point Sources)
  • PLOAD (Pollutant Load Model)
  • SWAT (Soil & Water Assessment Tool)
  • HSPF (Hydrological Simulation Program-Fortran)

Statistical software

  • SigmaPlot


Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory

Equipment includes:

  • Hitachi model TM-1000 SEM
  • EDS-elemental analysis
  • Digital photography
  • Dell computer


Microscope Laboratory

Equipment includes:

  • 15 Olympus polarizing petrographic microscopes
  • Nikon macroscope
  • Refelcted light microscope
  • Digital microscope camera and supporting Dell computer
  • Video microscope camera and monitor
  • Complete suite of petrographic thin-sections for mineralogy; and sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous petrography
  • Dell computer and printer


Ground Penetrating Radar

Equipment includes:

  • Geophysical Survey Systems Inc. model GSSI SR-20 GPR
  • Cart, computer and analysis software


Radon Detection

Equipment includes:

  • RadStar  Model RS300 Continuous Radon Monitor unit


Hydrogeologic and Environmental Testing Equipment

Equipment includes:

  • Armfield Stream Flume
  • Price digital current meter 
  • Digital water level meter
  • Equipment for soil and regolith testing of the Atterburg limits of plasticity


Rock preparation Laboratory

  • Equipment includes:
  • Ingram Thin-Section Cut-Off Saw (for 2”x3” and 1”x2” thin-sections)
  • Ingram Thin-Section Grinder (for 2”x3” and 1”x2” thin-sections)
  • 3 lapidary wheels
  • 18” oil-based rock saw
  • 8” water-based rock saw
  • Rock Crusher
  • Ro-Tap Testing Sieve Shaker
  • Air Abrasive Machine


Meteorology and Climatology Laboratory

Equipment includes:

  • Dell computers
  • Davis Vantage Pro Weather Station
  • Hurricane Tracking Maps
  • Sling Psychrometers
  • Mannix Instruments handheld anemometers and temperature instruments
  • Control Company electronic Traceable® Hygrometer, Thermometer and Dew Point instruments

Biogeography, Environment, and Tree-Ring Laboratory


Equipment includes:

  • Dell computers
  • MeasureJ2X Software
  • Velmex Measuring System (capable of measuring to 0.001mm)
  • FHX2: Fire History Software
  • Hagloff Increment Bores (16”-24”)
  • Hagloff Laser Vertex Hypsometer
  • Field Tapes (100’ and 165’) and Diameter Tapes (5m and 10m)
  • Stihl 460 Chainsaw with 28" bar (with full complement of safety equipment)
  • Trimble Nomad Handheld Computer
  • GeoXM Handheld Field Computer
  • Makita 4x24 Belt Sander (with sand paper grits ranging from 50 to 400)
  • Meiji EMZ-8T Trinocular Microscope (with boom stand and fiber optic light source


Paleontology Laboratory

Equipment includes:

  • Binocular microscopes
  • Binocular macroscope
  • Air abrasive and pneumatic airscribe for fossil preparation
  • Wet laboratory facilities for acid preparation


General Field Equipment

measuring attitudes

  • GPS units including Garmin GPSMap 60CSx and Garmin Rino 530HCx
  • Brunton compasses
  • Topcon GPT-300W Series Reflectorless Total Station for surveying
  • Measuring tapes
  • Field belts, rock hammers, acid bottles and holders