Facilities

Particle Size Analysis Lab

  • Micromeritics SediGraph 5120 — uses x-ray monitored settling methodology (best results in 1-100 micron range)
  • sieving laboratory for processing of fine sediment
  • currently being used to characterize terrigenous grain-size distributions for Eocene through Miocene deep-sea sediments

Sedimentary Microscopy Station

  • Leica DM2700P polarizing microscope and MC170 HD digital camera for petrographic (transmitted light) characterization
  • Leica S8 APO high-resolution stereo zoom microscope and MC120 HD digital camera for reflected light characterization of sediment samples
  • LAS image analysis and interactive measurement software
  • currently being used for size/shape analysis of lithogenic sand from deep-sea sediments and to examine petrographic characteristics of turbidite sandstones

Trimble Differential GPS Surveying Equipment

  • GPS Pathfinder ProXRT Receiver
  • Trimble Nomad 900GL handheld
  • Laser Technology TruPulse 360B laser rangefinder
  • currently being used to map stratigraphic surfaces from outcrop for 3-D model construction

Computing Workstations for various software

  • Petrel — visualization and interpretation of 3-D geologic data
  • IHS Kingdom Suite — visualization and interpretation of subsurface data
  • ArcGIS
  • Agisoft Photoscan
  • Adobe CreativeSuite 6
  • R, MATLAB, Python

Sedimentary Geochemistry lab

Little River Research & Design stream table

  • The Virginia Tech Museum of Geosciences includes an Em2 stream table that our group uses for teaching (e.g., laboratory activity in undergraduate Sedimentology-Stratigraphy course) and public outreach events