The diverse needs of individual research programs for sample preparation and for geochemical and mineralogical measurements are fulfilled by various facilities and analytical instruments within the Department. Analytical instruments include:
- electron microprobe, X-ray diffractometer
- ICP, AA spectrophotometers,
- Ion and elemental (C, S) analyzers,
- stable isotope mass spectrometers,
- molecular mass spectrometers
These instruments, ancillary facilities for other analytical determinations and field equipment are maintained by dedicated research support staff who assist students to gain hands-on experience in equipment use.
See also the pages for these research groups for more information about their analytical and computer facilities:
- Atmospheric Sciences
- Biogeochemistry, including Isotopic and Molecular Biogeochemistry
- Economic Geology
- Hydrogeology & Environmental Geosciences
- Geophysics, Structural Geology and Tectonics
- Mineralogy and Clay Mineralogy
- Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
Computers are available within research groups dedicated to the particular needs of specific activities. They are equipped with relevant software for geological and geophysical modeling and imaging, including a state-of-the-art Landmark Graphics System, recently donated to the Department by John Gibson, President and CEO of Landmark Corporation (and a member of the Department's advisory board). There is a departmental computing laboratory fulfilling general needs for data processing and the Geology Building also houses a Unix cluster, one of many campus-wide computing facilities (Mac, PC and Unix) maintained by University Information Technology Services.
For more than 50 years of uninterrupted operation, the I.U. Geologic Field Station, located in the Tobacco Root Mountains of Southwestern Montana, has served as a base for both education and research in the geological sciences. Our nationally renowned flagship course, G429, is now joined by a new environmental geology course (G429e), a new field course in environmental sciences (G329) and a highly successful alumni college for I.U. alumni and friends. Visit the Judson Mead Geological Field Station Homepage for more information.
The world-famous GEOLOGY LIBRARY is the primary Earth Sciences collection of Indiana University. It occupies the entire sixth floor of the Geology Building and contains books, journals, microforms, and CD-ROMs. For more information, and connections to other electronic databases, see the Geology Library Homepage.
Indiana Geological Survey
The Survey is an institute of Indiana University which provides geologic information and counsel that contribute to the wise stewardship and economic development of the energy, mineral, and ground-water resources of Indiana. It works to:
- discover & promote resource development & conservation
- maintain geologic databases & sample libraries
- investigate geologic hazards & environmental issues
- disseminate information through public education, maps and reports, and by consultation with the public.
The Survey also conducts multidisciplinary research in the broad fields of energy and mineral resources, environmental geology and natural hazards. It is housed in one wing of the Geology Building. Close ties with the survey provide access to core materials from their extensive repository and to subsurface records. They also facilitate collaborative projects utilizing the expertise of their professional staff, and students are often employed on their funded projects. Several members of the survey staff also serve as members of student's advisory and research committees. For more information on the Survey, visit the superb Indiana Geological Survey web site.