Facilities

Computer Facilities: five teaching classrooms with 10-12 networked PC workstations; a computing classroom with 20 PCs and 10 Macs with GIS, GMS, remote sensing, image analysis, and specialized computational software packages; a student computer room with 6 PCs and 2 Macs; and a number of multiprocessor workstations in research laboratories.

Environmental and Hydrogeology Laboratory: permeameters and tensionometers; pumping and slug/bail test units with transducers and data-loggers; water-quality analysis facility; advanced groundwater modeling and geostatistics software; advanced data logging systems for field research; 3-D sensor arrays (wind and water systems); and facilities for field instrumentation design and construction.

Environmental Instrumentation Laboratories: storage, testing, and teaching facility focusing on field instrumentation; assembly, housing, and testing of climatic, meteorological, fluvial, water quality and associated environmental instrumentation data recording systems and sampling systems.

Geomorphic Computing Laboratory: high-end visualization, digitizing, remote sensing and GIS systems; and high-end multiprocessor workstations.

Geoscience Library: a branch of University of Iowa Libraries that serves the University community, the Iowa Geological Survey Bureau, and the public; more than 55,000 volumes to support research, study, and teaching, including publications of state, federal, and international geological surveys and field trip guidebooks; more than 73,000 geological maps, including the newest versions of U.S. topographic quadrangle maps.

MicroPaleontology Laboratory: the MicroPaleo Lab at the University of Iowa is fully equipped for conodont processing of a wide range of rock types including limestone, dolostone, siltstone, calcareous shales, marls, and organic-rich shales. Standard processing methods include double-buffered Formic Acid, Stoddards Solvents, Bleach, and Calgon. We use Lithium Metatungstate (LMT) for heavy liquid separation and can provide stacked light microscope or standard SEM photography of recovered specimens.  

Morphometric laboratories: reflex microscope and microscribe for capturing 3-D data; high-resolution digital cameras and microscopes for 2-D image analysis; and laboratories for micro- and macro-fossil preparation.

Paleontological Repository: more than a million specimens, including some 25,000 type and referred specimens, with 6,000-7,000 primary types; invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant fossils of all geologic ages, and more than 90 percent Paleozoic invertebrates; the fifth-largest university collection in North America (CONARIP 1977).

Petrology laboratories: clean laboratory for preparation of samples for elemental and isotopic analysis; alpha-spectrometry laboratory; image analysis; heating freezing stage; petrographic microscopes; photo microscopy; wet-chemistry facilities; rock preparation and mineral separation; UNIX, Windows, and Mac workstations for data analysis and modeling; and one atm gas-mixing furnace for melt inclusion homogenization.

Quaternary Materials Laboratory: pipette grain-size analysis apparatus; chittick apparatus; Sedigraph 5100 X-ray particle-size analyzer; wet-chemistry facilities; C-H-N element analyzer; a Flotech flotation system; and a Giddings drill rig.

Scanning Electron Microscope: Hitachi S-3400N, a variable-pressure scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with a motorized stage, large chamber, and digital image capture; capable of imaging specimens with no metal coating, or specimens that are slightly hydrated or porous, as well as conventionally processed specimens; equipped with a Bruker AXS Quantax 400 X-ray microanalysis system; XFlash silicon drift detector with excellent energy resolution and light element detection, providing ultra-fast acquisition of line scans and elemental maps.

Sedimentary geology laboratories: water ion chromatograph; image analysis; sedigraph X-ray particle-size analyzer; and a soil/sediment characterization laboratory.

Thin-section and rock preparation laboratory: diamond saws and specialized grinding equipment used to prepare ultrathin slices (30 microns thick) of rocks and fossils for microscopic and electron microprobe analysis.

TILE Classrooms: two technically advanced classrooms designed to encourage student-instructor interaction in an interactive environment; 134 TH seats up to 72 students, features 27 laptops, and 9 LED monitors; 136 TH seats up to 36 students, features 12 laptops, and 4 LED monitors.