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Introductory Geology Lab

The introductory geology lab contains the department's collections of minerals, rocks, fossils, and maps used in introductory geology courses, along with rock and mineral displays and 6 computers for student use. The lab is used for lab sections of Physical Geology and Historical Geology.

Engineering Geology Lab

Equipment is available to students taking Engineering Geology and for faculty-student research. The lab includes separate equipment for soil mechanics and rock mechanics. The soil mechanics lab has the facility to test the engineering behavior and fundamental properties of soil. The lab include equipment like specific gravity and grain-size distribution kits, Atterburg Limit test kits, Direct shear machine, Consolidation test apparatus, and Soil Permeability test apparatus. Its field operation unit has a full range of tools for sampling soils, measuring in-situ strength, and soil moisture. The Rock Mechanics Laboratory has facilities to determine engineering properties of rocks and rock aggregates required for research and practice. Laboratory is capable of determining slake durability index properties of weak rocks, and Compressive strength of rocks.

 Gray Fossil Site and Museum

The Gray Fossil Site and Museum is a place where visitors can get up close and personal with an active Miocene-era fossil dig site. Scientists believe the site was formed by an underground limestone cave that collapsed and created a sinkhole. This left a vast fossil deposit that dates back 4.5 – 7 million years ago. Animals that have been unearthed so far include: saber tooth cat, alligator, tapir, rhinoceros, short-faced bear, and a mastodon as well as hundreds of plants and other animals. For more information CLICK HERE


The major software used for GIS and cartography courses is ArcGIS 10.1, which is the industry standard. The lab uses the Advanced (ArcInfo) license level of ArcGIS 10.1 and all major extensions are available at this license level (e.g., Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Network Analyst, Tracking Analyst, etc.). Additional software is also available including Google Earth, ENVI (remote sensing), SPSS for statistical analyses, Adobe Creative Suite for photo/map editing and other purposes, and a collection of open source/freeware that can be utilized for geospatial and/or geostatistical analyses (e.g., GeoDa, CrimeStat).

Hydrology Lab

The ETSU Department of Geosciences Hydrology Lab supports graduate and undergraduate research in karst hydrology, and groundwater and surface water hydrology. The lab supports lab activities in upper level and graduate hydrology classes. Current research activities include an investigation of the hydrogeology of the Morrell's Cave springshed, and groundwater hydrology of the Valleybrook facility. The Hydrology Lab is equipped with a Shimadzu RF-5301PC spectrofluorphotometer, two centrifuges, and a fume hood. Field equipment on hand includes: a groundwater pump and water level meter for pump tests and well studies; two ISCO samplers for water sampling; ten turbidity kits and ten dissolved oxygen kits for stream sampling; a flow meter; a conductivity meter; and multiple sets of waders.

Mineralogy and Petrology Lab

Used for lecture and lab sections of Mineralogy, and Petrology. Houses the department's teaching collections of minerals, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. There are 16 binocular scopes and 12 petrographic microscopes used by students in Mineralogy and Petrology. There is a Leica binocular and a Nikon petrographic scope coupled to a camera for displaying images. This lab, shared with the Biology department, is in the process of acquiring Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). This equipment will be available to students taking Mineralogy and Petrology and for faculty-student research. Several large boom-arm binocular microscopes, many small binocular dissecting scopes, 2 high end digital cameras are also available through Natural History Museum.

Paleontology Lab

The Ross Hall Paleontollogy lab is for vertebrate paleontology classes and houses the osteological teaching collection which includes all major vertebrate groups, but primarily focuses on amphibians, reptiles and mammals. In addition, the lab contains a processing area for modern specimens (for the osteological research collection), including a dermestid colony and several processing stations, which provide excellent opportunities for comparative anatomy exercises. 

Remote Sensing Lab

The Remote Sensing lab is equipped with ASD Spectroradiometer (ASD FieldSpec Pro JR) to measure crop reflectance, and AccuPAR Ceptometer (AccuPAR LP-80) to measure the photosynthetically active radiation from the plants.

Rock Preparation Lab

Located on the lower level of Hutchenson Hall, The Rock Preparation Lab contains equipment for preparing rocks for study.

Sedimentology Lab

The sedimentology laboratory contains standard laboratory equipment for the routine analysis of sediment cores.

ETSU/Eastman Valleybrook Campus

Valleybrook is a premier facility with many options for entrepreneurs to start up a business or hots a meeting. Valleybrook is cromprised of a 72,000 square foot facility located on 144 acres off of Pickens Road in Gray, Tennessee. The facility includes state of the art labs, office space, and outdoor space.

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