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Geoscience

Facilities

Geosciences occupies part of the renovated Cyril Moore Science Center. The Division of Science has several major analytical instruments acquired with funding through competitive grants from the National Science Foundation. The analytical capabilities for materials characterization rivals those of just about any undergraduate geology program. Students learn to use the instrumentation in courses, and they can then use these instruments free of charge in their own research projects. Major instruments available for use include:


 
ICP spectrometer - for chemical analysis of water samples, and minerals and rocks that have been put into solution.

 
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) - for high magnification study of minerals and fossils, and microanalysis (spot chemical analysis) of solid materials.

 
X-ray diffractometer (XRD) - for analysis of powdered samples of crystalline materials; produces a diffraction pattern (like a fingerprint) that reflects the atomic structure(s) of phases in the sample.