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Research and teaching facilities

The School of Geosciences has a wide range of analytical facilities.

Tescan-integrated-mineral-analyser
Fluid inclusion facility
Electron probe microanalysis

The WIGLab is a completely metal-free, ultra-clean air environment with Class 10-100 air conditions in laminar-flow fumehoods and Class 1000 general lab air. The lab has capacity for 5-6 simultaneous workers and is a research and training intensive laboratory. A wide range of element separation procedures are being setup to provide potential researchers with flexibility for multidisciplinary research.

One of the critical challenges in the study and management of groundwater resources in southern Africa is a lack of reliable instrumentation. The Hydrogeology Research Lab in the School of Geosciences seeks to address this with a range of state-of-the-art water analysis instrumentation. Currently, the laboratory is equipped with a TLC and Dip meter (for groundwater level measurement), interface meter (for hydrocarbon leakage detection in groundwater), bacteriological incubator (for bacterial culture from surface and ground water), Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD5) instrument, LGR liquid Water Isotope analyser and PDV Ultra trace metal analyser besides field based multi parameter water quality instruments and flow meter. This laboratory is managed by Prof. Tamiru Abiye, tamiru.abiye@wits.ac.za.

The mineral separation facility (located in the Earth Lab within the Bernard Price Building), is most commonly used to separate out zircons for U-Pb dating. However, the mineral separation capabilities are being expanded to include the separation of various minerals commonly used for dating purposes.

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