Baylor University
Department of Geosciences
College of Arts and Sciences


The Baylor Sciences Building

In addition to the offices, laboratory and lecture facilities in the Baylor Sciences Building, many specialized laboratories are located in the Carlile Geology Research Building completed in September of 2008. The Carlile Building includes sample storage facilities, a classroom, a rock preparation laboratory equipped with rock saws and thin-section preparation equipment, and working laboratories in: 1) hydrology and engineering geology; 2) hydrogeology; 3) igneous petrology and geochemistry; and 4) both deeper seismology and shallower environmental geophysics, including a Canberra Cesium 137 detector. Geophysical equipment is available for work in applied seismology, gravity, magnetic, and electrical methods. Equipment includes a gravity meter, a magnetometer, a conductivity meter, resistivity meter, and a 12-channel seismograph system. All of this equipment is routinely used in introductory class laboratories, as well as in advanced labs and research projects. A borehole logger provides spontaneous potential, resistance, and natural gamma logs to a depth of 1000 feet.

Geochemistry and other laboratories include a capillary electrophoresis unit for water-chemistry studies, a Siemans D5000 theta-two theta XRD instrument with mineral ID software, an automated wavelength-dispersive Rigaku XRF for major and trace element analysis of rocks, a scanning electron microscope, and a Thermo-Electron dual-inlet gas-source stable isotope mass spectrometer installed in the spring 2008). Support labs include an environmental magnetism lab (under construction), a paleomagnetism and paleobotany lab (under construction), a lab for experimentation of nanophase particles in saturated flow systems (under construction), a soil-testing lab, research grade and student pertrographic microscopes equipped with digital cameras, and sample preparation facilities that include a micro-mill microsampling device and shatterboxes. An ICP instrument is shared with faculty in Environmental Sciences and Chemistry.

Two computer laboratories are available for student use. One is located in Baylor Sciences Building Room --- and contains Sun Workstations and a limited number of Pentium computers for special applications. The Remote Sensing and GIS laboratory is located in Baylor Sciences Building Room --- and contains Windows NT workstations, associated servers and peripheral devices. A new Geophysics laboratory is under construction that will include a central large LCD display of seismological data acquired through Earth Scope and individual small screens carrying real-time seismological records from individual stations, which will also include 6 work stations for student and faculty research projects connected to a dedicated server. An extensive geology research library is housed in the Jesse Jones Science Library.

Heavy equipment available includes a trailer-mounted drill rig with mud-rotary, auger, and coring capabilities and a 24-ft specially equipped boat. The boat is unique, containing state-of-the-art, high-frequency profiling and Global Positioning System technology. Students interested in the engineering/hydrogeology aspects of geology have at their disposal digital data loggers and transducers to instrument watersheds and slopes. These data collection systems allow for monitoring remote sites and permit downloading of information directly to laptop computers.

A Time Domain Reflectometery (TDR) volumetric moisture probe allows for rapid in situ characterization of volumetric soil moisture, integral to water infiltration and recharge studies. A Guelph permeameter is available for characterization of in situ permeability.