Earth Systems History: Facilities
Analytical facilities of the Earth System History include top-notch facilities for mass spectrometry, organic and inorganic geochemistry, and sedimentology. Instrumentation and facilities include:
- Mass Spectrometry*:
- Finnigan IRMS for bulk organic and liquid samples.
- Finnigan MAT 252 with Kiel III carbonate device and reference gas extraction line. Internet camera accessed at http://184.108.40.206 from any web browser.
- Finnigan Delta-Plus XL continuous flow for compound-specific and bulk organic isotope samples.
*For more specifics about our Mass Specs, including how to submit samples, click here.
- Two Dionex ASE automated extraction device for organic compounds.
- Fully equipped laboratories for purification of organic compounds.
- Fully equipped labs for processing lacustrine, marine, and estuarine sediment cores.
- HP 5890 Gas Chromatograph with autosampler.
- Automated UIC Inc. carbonate coulometer .
- Elemental Analyzers (bulk carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur)
- JY2000 ICP ES for major and minor element determination
- Ethos 1600 microwave digestion workstation and Li-metaborate flux fusion station.
- UV/VIS spectrophotometer.
- Portable VIS/near IR field spectrometer.
- Thermal Ionization mass spectrometer (through L.P. Gromet).
- Microscopes, image analyzers, and processing equipment for analyzing foraminiferal populations and terrestrial macrofossils.
- Petrographic microscope with imaging equipment for analyzing grain mounts and thin sections.
- Compound Microscopes for radiolarian, diatom, pollen, and nannofossils.
- Oceanographic Field Equipment including 18 ft research boat, 6 Seabird CTDs (one with SeaTech fluorometer), 2 Interocean S4 Current meters, Hydrolab Profiler system, Turner Fluorometer, Particle Data grainsize analyzer, GPS and GIS systems.
- Limnologic field equipment for water sampling, plankton sampling, water column monitoring, and gravity and piston coring.
- Analytical equipment available through the MacMillan Hall Environmental Chemistry Labs.