This room serves as our space for preparing rocks, minerals, fossils, and other geologic materials for teaching and research. The room features diamond saws, rock polishers, and a thin section machine for the study of rocks, as well as a Roto-Tap sieve shaker for measurement of coarse-grained sediment samples.
This state of the art geology smart classroom seats twenty-four students and includes an extensive rock and mineral collection for classroom use, petrographic microscopes for the study of thin section slides, and a library of geology-related textbooks. The rear of the classroom also contains a Coulter Counter laser diffraction unit for the measurement of sediment grain size.
This classroom serves as our lab space for research and teaching in the geologic sub-disciplines of paleontology and surficial processes. The space is equipped with two fume hoods for sample preparation, a muffle furnace for analysis of organic and inorganic carbon content, and a WinDendro tree ring counter for dedrochronological research. The room also hosts our collection of topographic and physiographic maps, a Darcy tube for groundwater flow demonstrations, and the Geology Department’s extensive collection of fossils and fossil casts.