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

Students in lab with lecturer.

Our laboratories are equipped with a wide spectrum of high-end environmental analytical instrumentation.

For detailed information about our laboratory, field, sampling and analytical equipment, 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.

Microscopy laboratory

Three high-range, research-quality microscopes with image-capture facilities and 50 teaching microscopes with phase-contrast capability.

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

Spectroscopy laboratory

This laboratory houses:

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

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