We consider the local geology to be our most important facilities (along with the fleet of college vehicles that makes it accessible to our classes). In addition, the department has acquired and continues to acquire excellent instrumentation in an effort to maintain an active program of student-faculty research. The equipment and instrumentation include the following:


  • Energy dispersive XRF spectrometer
  • JEOL scanning electron microscope with EDS system
  • Resistivity meter: IRIS Syscal Junior switch-48 with 24 electrodes
  • Magnetometer: GEM GSM-19GW Overhauser Gradiometer
  • Seismograph: Geometrics 12-channel Geode with 40 Hz vertical geophones
  • Gravimeter: TI Worden
  • Rock crushing and powdering equipment to prepare samples for chemical analysis
  • Research petrographic microscopes, including both transmitted and reflected light scopes, a cathode-luminescence scope, and a fluid inclusions stage for analysis of rock thin sections
  • X-ray diffractometer
  • Extensive rock, mineral, and fossil collections
  • Sedimentology/geomorphology lab equipped for physical and chemical analysis of sediments and soils
  • 2 Electronic total stations for high-precision field surveying and mapping
  • Field measurement and coring equipment for analysis and sampling of sediments and soils
  • Extensive rock, mineral and fossil collections
  • Access to instrumentation housed in the Chemistry, Biology and Physics Departments
Colorado College's Tutt Library and the William A. Fisher Geology Seminar Room houses a good collection of geology journals. The library is a depository of U.S. Geological Survey publications and maps. Rapid inter-library loan service drawing on nearby facilities at the Air Force Academy, U.S.G.S., and the University of Colorado augment these holdings. An additional resource is the expertise at the U.S.G.S. and at numerous gas, oil, mining, and related industries located in Denver.
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