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The Department of Geology and Geography has access to 18 research laboratory facilities, both on-campus (Statesboro and Savannah) and at the Applied Coastal Research Laboratory situated in the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. These laboratories include 3 paleontology/paleobotany labs, 3 mineralogy and x-ray labs, 2 hydrogeology-geochemistry labs, 2 petrology (rock) and sediment labs, 1 structural geology lab, 1 coastal geology lab, 1 forest ecohydrology lab, 1 coastal marsh lab, and 4 geospatial information systems (GIS) labs.

As the department leads University-wide efforts in GIS teaching, research and outreach services, we have an Earth Science Computer Applications Lab (ESCAL) with 39 computers (33 PCs and 6 iMacs) equipped with ESRI’s ArcGIS suite of geospatial processing programs, statistical software packages (R, SPSS, and SAS-based JMP), databasing software, and the full Microsoft Office Application software.

We also maintain a qualitative-methods laboratory with 4 PCs for cultural geography students. Instrument resources in support of GIS activities include: Trimble R8 Base Station and rover kit and R6 TYK Global Positioning Systems (GPS), 1 LIDAR VZ1000 3D-imaging sensor, 2 high-resolution single beam echosounders, 1 Edgetech 4600 bathymetric sonar system, and HYSP VNIRE-1600 hyperspectral camera. For map plotting needs, ESCAL houses an HP Z6100 wide-format plotter which can print maps, presentations and documents up to 60 inches wide. Geological support equipment includes the following: a tractor-mounted Geo-Probe, 4 four-seat John Deere Gators, a Geoexplorer ground penetrating radar, an Overhauser gradiometer, a Vibracore system, and a Bruker portable X-ray fluorescence analyzer and X-ray diffraction unit. Hydrogeologic and geochemical support equipment includes one each of the following: Dionex Aquion ion chromatograph, Barnsted E-Pure deionized water system, Astra 5-km distributed temperature sensing unit, SuperSting R8/IP Marine Resistivity/IP Meter, YSI EXO-1 multiparameter sonde, Radium Delayed Coincidence Counter (RaDeCC), Picarro L2130-I Spectrometer, RAD-7 Radon in air detector, and Opti-Sciences automated soil CO2 flux system.

Last updated: 8/6/2021