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Physical Facilities

Photo of the outside of Harrington HallThe Geology Department occupies most of Harrington Hall. Just outside the back door are three water wells used for teaching. One, 756 feet deep, extends 40 feet into the Precambrian granite basement, the other two are 20 and 35 feet deep and penetrate Pleistocene glacial deposits. The first floor of the building contains three laboratories for introductory geology courses, a water-processes lab with flume and stream table/wave tank, a sedimentology lab, a pollen research lab, a rock preparation room, faculty offices, storage rooms, and most importantly, a student study lounge. On the second floor are classrooms, rock and mineral lab, department office, X-ray lab, two student computer labs, faculty offices, and storage. The third floor holds the optical mineralogy/petrology lab, paleontology lab, classrooms, offices, and student project room.


Essentially all of the Department's equipment is available to undergraduate students for classroom or research use. This includes water-well monitoring and logging systems, a Rigaku D/Max-2000T X-ray diffractometer with supporting software, a Luminiscope cathodoluminescence unit, a fluid inclusion heating and freezing stage, geophysical equipment (such as a gravity meter, 48-channel seismograph, proton precession magnetometer, and earth resistivity and conductivity instruments), sample preparation equipment (thin section machine, rock crusher, rock pulverizer, Gemeni table, rock saws, polisher, sieve shaker, Franz magnetic separator), and various microscopes, computers, and scanners.  Both SEM (with Eds) and TEM are available on campus.

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