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Physical and Chemical Facilities

Field Equipment Store – This store contains a wide range of items of field equipment.

Foreign Soils Store – This room provides facilities for the secure handling and disposal of foreign soil and plant material, required under the terms of our licence issued by DEFRA.

Malvern Room – This room provides facilities for laser particle size determinations and the analysis of magnetic characteristics of soils and sediments. It is equipped with a laser particle sizer.

Teaching Laboratory – This facility can hold practical classes and demonstrations for up to 30 individuals. The Laboratory contains various items of laboratory equipment, fume cupboard, a furnace, drying ovens and cabinets. This room is equipped with a range of high-power and low-power stereo microscopes for both teaching and research, a small pollen reference collection and modest computing facilities. The room is used for pollen counting and plant macrofossil and mollusc analyses.

Preparation Laboratories – These rooms provide sediment preparation and facilities. Each room may be booked in advance.

Soils and Sediments Laboratory This laboratory is situated in the basement of the Department of Geography. It is used for the examination, handling and analysis of raw samples, and for hydraulics (flume) work . There are four bench places which may be booked in advance. The laboratory is equipped with a large variety of sieves, sieve shakers, electronic balances, ovens and the Armfield Engineering Tiling Flume. There is also a refrigerator for the storage of small samples. The use of this equipment may be booked in advance.

Tephra Lab. – This laboratory is dedicated to distal tephra investigations, which includes the study of volcanic ash layers that are not visible to the naked eye, known as cryptotephra. Analyses are carried out on samples from a range of sedimentary environments, such as lakes, caves, peat bogs and marine settings.