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Research Facilities

Electron Microscopy Center

McClure Hall 120
Capabilities include a variety of analytical tools: SEM, TEM, X-ray Microanalysis, Powder XRD, Polarized and Fluorescence Light Microscopy. Sample preparation includes carbon & noble-metal coaters and a critical point dryer.
Contact: Tom Williams

Ground-Based LiDAR System

Managed jointly with the College of Natural Resources, we offer high-precision terrain mapping with a Leica ScanStation 2 terrestrial laser scanner, high-performance field laptop, tripods, HDS targets, and more.
Contact: Jerry Fairley

Groundwater Field Laboratory

A unique teaching/research laboratory on the UI campus for the study of ground water resources and hydrogeology.
Contact: Jerry Fairley

Mineral and Volcanic Glass Separation Laboratory

McClure Hall
Managed by the Tectonics & Basin Analysis Group, this laboratory's capabilities include state-of-the-art microscopy, density and magnetic separation, acid abrasion, soil water extraction, and sample crushing, sieving, cleaning, weighing, and drilling.
Contact: Elizabeth Cassel

Rock Preparation Facility

Mines Building
For rock crushing, milling, and cutting, heavy and magnetic mineral separation, and preparing polished thin sections.
Contact: Elizabeth Cassel


Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences

Physical Address:
McClure 201

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3021
Moscow ID, 83843-3021

Geography: 208-885-6216
Geology: 208-885-6192