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Geosciences Facilities at Georgia Southern

The Department of Geosciences 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 community geography laboratory with 4 PCs for undergraduate 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
  • 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.
  • ESCAL also houses a wide format, high resolution scanner.

Geological support equipment includes the following:

  • Tractor-mounted Geo-Probe
  • 2 four-seat John Deere Gators
  • Geoexplorer ground penetrating radar
  • Overhauser gradiometer
  • Vibracore system
  • Bruker portable X-ray fluorescence analyzer
  • X-ray diffraction unit

Hydrogeologic and geochemical support equipment includes 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
  • Opti-Sciences automated soil CO2 flux system

Last updated: 8/7/2023