McMaster University

McMaster University

Teaching Facilities

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences is amongst the most advanced in Canada in terms of it's experience in training candidates for advanced degrees.

The facilities include; analytic and experimental laboratories for climatology, and geomorphology; a geographic information system laboratory; and a comprehensive map collection.

Geographic Information Systems Laboratory consists of two labs, each lab consists of 25 Windows 7 x64 clients with 8GB of RAM and upgraded video cards for 3D Visualization. All systems are connected to Windows 2003 R2 Server. Storage space is available on this server for students and researchers using the facility on a cost- recovery basis. The lab also contains 12 digitizing tablets, a digitizing table, 24 eTrex Legend GPS Units, 12 SXPad Mobile devices with ArcPAD 10 installed and 4 SXBLUE GNSS units for submeter accuracy, 5 Thales MobileMapper CE units, and there is access to an HP DesignJet plotter.

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences is well equiped with analytical facilities including mass spectronmeters, X-ray fluorescence, atomic absorption, spectrometers, and gama ray spectrometer. Transmission and scanning electron microscopes with elemental analysis facilities are available and commonly used. School facilities for Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) and thermoluminescence (TL) age-dating techniques have been used in the study of archaeological sites, earthquake recurrence rates, coastal sediments and hominid evolution.

There are special laboratories for the study of aqueous geochemistry, experimental sedimentology,x-ray diffraction and fluorescence, rock/mineral analysis, radiochemistry, mass spectrometry and fossils.

the School operates a microcomputer laboratory comprising a suite of PC's with associated printers, plotters and flat-bed scanners. At the undergraduate level specific courses have been developed around the application of software packages to geological problems.

The school maintains a suite of geophysical equipment for the acquisition of magnetic, gravity and IP/Resistivity data. In addition, an industry standard computing system is used for the imaging of geophysical and remote sensing information and interpretive modeling of potential field data.

The choice of thesis topic is made in light of the interests of the student and the support available from research grants.


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