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List of facilities in the Department of Geology

Below is a list of facilities we either house ourselves or have access to for geological and geophysical research. Use the navigation on the left to see facilities that belong to a particular subject area.

  • Wet geochemistry lab
  • Clean room
  • XRD
  • Paleomagnetism
  • Sediment processing
  • Paleontology/ micropaleontology
  • Optical microscopy labs
  • Cathodoluminescence microscopy setup
  • GEOTEK core scanning laboratories
  • Facilities for stable and radiogenic isotope analysis (including class-10 clean lab and new laser ablation system) are based in Chemistry
  • Microscopy Otago has micro CT, confocal, transmission and scanning electron microscope facilities, including a state of the art FEGSEM with EBSD and high speed EDX
  • Complimentary WDX and CL analysis is available on the microprobe in Geology
  • Cold rooms (to -30C) are housed in geography and physics
  • Mechanical testing instruments are housed in the dentistry school
  • The Polaris, a research vessel operated by Marine Sciences, provides a platform for coastal and open water research and is equipped with seismic imaging tools, coring and dredging equipment
  • A range of field geophysics equipment is operated in Geology and Surveying
  • The Department's Geology Museum has extensive collections of fossils, rocks and minerals. Thin sections are made in a newly refurbished lapidary facility, upgraded to enable polishing of most sample types
  • Several on campus mechanical and electrical/ electronic workshops have facilities and expertise to support design and build of custom equipment
  • The University and Department have excellent computing facilities with licenses for proprietary software in geophysics and structural geology
  • An Imaging lab and computer lab
  • The Department and the neighbouring GNS office have access to a wide range of map, aerial and satellite databases for New Zealand
  • An extensive Rock Catalogue that houses specimens collected by staff and students over the past 100 yrs.
  • The University library is well supported, particularly in provision of electronic journals and books
  • An annual large equipment round has just supported a CryoTEM and a new laser for trace element and isotope analysis