Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Other Facilities

Faculty members, research staff, and students have access to various scientific equipment and laboratories in other departments of the university. Equipment used in this fashion includes mass spectrometers (Departments of Physics and Chemistry), cryogenic magnetometer (Department of Physics), Inductively Coupled Plasma and Raman Spectrometer (Department of Chemistry), a Transmission Electron Microscope (Department of Biology), and others. Graduate students in engineering geology have access to state-of-the-art soil mechanics laboratory facilities in the Department of Civil Engineering and to rock mechanics facilities in the Department of Mineral Engineering. The Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences is also a member of a group of departments which utilize the University of Alberta SLOWPOKE reactor, used for instrumental neutron activation analysis for geochemical research..

In addition, the Alberta Research Council in Edmonton, through their Adjunct Professors with the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, make a variety of laboratories available, e.g., a hydrothermal research laboratory for temperatures up to about 450oC, including flow systems, static autoclaves, calorimeters, a PVT laboratory, and analytical support services. The Alberta Research Council also develops a number of geochemical computer programs for oil and gas field calculations which may be of interest to graduate students. Similarly, the Geological Survey of Canada in Calgary may make certain equipment accessible, e.g., GC-MS and vitrinite reflectance microscopes, subject to special arrangements. Many professors of the Department have individual connections to, and arrangements with, laboratories at other universities, geological surveys, and industry, that may be accessible for a graduate study project.