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Environmental and Ocean Sciences


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Will consist of photos of the department's research and lab equipment with specifications.


Beckman Coulter LS-200 Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyzer (LPS)

Beckman Coulter LS-200 Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyzer (LPS)This instrument analyzes grain size distributions of sediments using laser diffraction. Sediment samples can be analyzed very quickly compared to traditional methods, and large numbers of samples can be processed effectively in a short period of time.






Bico Jawbreaker

Bico JawbreakerBico PulverizerAfter cutting rocks into smaller sections on the rock saw, the jawbreaker can be used to fragment them into mm-cm pieces in preparation for pulverizing. (right image)

Bico Pulverizer

Used to grind rock fragments and sediments into power sized particles. (left image)




ICP IRIS Advantage

ICP IRIS AdvantageCapable of ppb level analysis of metals, minors, and major elements, the ICP is used by Chemistry and Environmental and Ocean Sciences on a variety of research and class projects including arsenic in drinking water, metals in acid digested sediments and fish tissues, and metals in proteins.





Milestone Ethos EZ Microwave Digester

Milestone Ethos EZ Microwave DigesterThis laboratory grade microwave digestion system prevents the need for long duration experiments using acid and hotplates or water baths. Used to break down tissues and sediments in acids, peroxides, or other environmentally relevent matrices this instrument serves class projects and research in Environmental and Ocean Sciences and across other science departments at USD.





Olympus Innov-X X-5000 XRF Analyzer

Olympus Innov-X X-5000 XRF Analyzer closedOlympus Innov-X X-5000 XRF Analyzer openCapable of analyzing trace elements in soils and rocks in addition to major elements, this portable XRF has provided chemical data on marine sediments, aquifer matrices, and local soils that are both anthropogenically and geogenically enriched in metals. (open-left image, closed-right image)






Perkin Elmer 3110 Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

Perkin Elmer 3110 Flame Atomic Absorption SpectrometerOur most trusted and capable instrument for analysis of ions in solution, this Flame AAS is frequently used to measure major ions in seawater.





Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 800 Flame Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 800 Flame Furnace Atomic Absorption SpectrometerWhen sub-ppb level concentrations are required for ions in solution, the Graphite-Furnace is used. Projects include analysis of metals in rain, drinking water.






Rock Saw

Rock SawOne saw dedicated to cutting of carbonate rocks and another saw dedicated to non-carbonates.







CHNOS Elemental Analysis

High temperature combustion:
Quantitative sample digestion at up to 1200°C

Largest weighing range:
From micro (<1mg) to macro (800mg soil) sample weight

Largest dynamic range of element concentrations and element ratio:

Up to 7 mg C abs. or 2 mg N abs. (or 100%), from ppm to 100%

Temperature programmed Desorption (TPD):

Separation of gaseous components with one TPD column for perfect separation without peak overlap. Automated optimization of the time per analysis.

Multipoint calibration:
Stable over months and matrix independent