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Students in lab with lecturer.

Laboratory facilities

All students, staff and researchers have access to our brand new, state-of-the-art physical geography laboratories.

Our Geography laboratories are equipped with a wide spectrum of high-end environmental analytical instrumentation. These laboratories are amongst the top Geography facilities in the UK and are available to students, staff and researchers.

Laboratory blog

For detailed information about our laboratory, field, sampling and analytical equipment, please see the ‘Geography laboratories’ blog:

Our laboratories

Main teaching laboratory

Most practical sessions take place in this laboratory which can accommodate up to 50 students.

X-ray laboratory

This houses facilities for the analysis of a wide range of major and trace elements. Equipment includes:

  • Itrax core scanner - one of only three UK based instruments
  • Benchtop XRF
  • Portable Niton XRF

Spectroscopy laboratory

This laboratory houses:

  • ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer)
  • ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer)

Microscopy laboratory

We have a large range of high-grade research-quality microscopes.

Sediments and project laboratories

These are used for sample preparation, including ovens, furnaces and ball mills.

Other equipment housed in our laboratories includes:

  • C-H-N-S-O Analyser
  • TOC (Total Organic Carbon)
  • Magnetic susceptibility instrumentation
  • Microwave digester
  • Laser granulometer

Our facilities