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Modern laboratory facilities are an integral part of earth science research. The Department of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College is well equipped, with a variety of modern research facilities, including: a variety of thermal ionization and gas source mass spectrometers, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers and optical emission spectroscopy, gas and liquid chromatographs, a gas chromatograph-isotope ratio mass spectrometer, a confocal Raman microprobe, infrared spectrometer, and research-grade petrographic microscopes. These instruments and others are described in descriptions of individual laboratories below. The department is also equipped with general user computer labs for remote sensing, GIS and modeling, and college-supported general user facilities such as X-ray diffraction, rock cutting, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The Earth Sciences Department is also located proximal to the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Geography, and the Environmental Studies Program, each of which offers extensive analytical facilities available for general use. Kresge Library , also in Fairchild Hall, supports earth science research through extensive collections of online and print journals, geologic maps, major reference works and book collections. Find out more about library resources in earth sciences .

A clean laboratory facility for the study of radiogenic and other isotopes in marine and rock samples.
A facility led by Dr. Feng that provides high resolution carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur isotopic compositions for ecological, hydrological and climatic data.
A Germanium detector facility led by Dr. Renshaw. x9010
A facility led by Dr. Kelly for sample preparation necessary to do measurements of in-situ produced cosmogenic nuclides  
A facility led by Dr. Aronson and Dr. Meyer for rock dating, specializing in secondary clay minerals. x0548
A laboratory for the collection of petrographic and paleomagnetic data.  
A laboratory geophysical field equipment, including gravimeters, GPS and a GPR. The facility is led by Dr. Sonder.  
A laboratory to study the physical properties of snow and ice. The facility is led by Dr. Hawley.  
A lab for the study of sediment transport. The facility is led by Dr. Dade.  
An X-Ray diffraction facility for general use. x0607
A rock and soil processing facility for general use.
A laboratory with computers and software for remote sensing and GIS. x1273
An online database of Mineral and Rock samples.  
A series of labs dedicated to material characterization.  
A set of high performance computing laboratories with specialized software. x0316
A desktop SEM-EDS facility (see the Rippel Lab for additional EM resources) x8937
The library for earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, physics & astronomy x3563
The map room on the 2nd floor of Berry Library x2579
The main college library  
A Dartmouth College general user facility  
A facility led by Dr. Jackson for analytical geochemistry and trace element analysis and speciation.  
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