Near-surface Geophysics Laboratory

This lab, under the supervision of Dr. Bill Sauck, is housed in Rood Hall, home of the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University.

The lab has advanced in-house and field equipment essential for geophysical research, field study and instructions. The laboratory has conducted research in fields such as glacial geology, archeology, water supply, contamination, mineral exploration and geomorphology.

The laboratory is comprised of:

  • 24 Channel Geometrics RX-24 Seismograph: 96 Vertical and 24 Horizontal Geophones, RS 96/24 Roll-along switch and cables for CMP profiling and 12 gauge Buffalo Gun Seismic Source
  • BISON 2390 Resistivity System
  • Fisher TW-6 2-coil metal detector
  • G-816 Geometrics Proton Precession Magnetometer
  • G-858 Geometrics Cesium Vapor Magnetometer /Gradiometer
  • Geonics EM-31 (Electromagnetic Induction) with MK-2 Data Logger
  • GSSI SIR-10A+ Ground Penetrating Radar, 35, 100, 300, and 500 MHz Antenna pairs, and custom underwater antenna
  • IRIS Syscal R2 Resistivity/IP System
  • IRIS T-VLF EM system
  • Lacoste Romberg G-type Gravity Meter with ZLS update
  • Magellan ProMarkX Carrier Phase GPS Receivers
  • Mount Sopris Matrix Gamma Logger
  • Schonstedt Fluxgate Magnetometer/Gradiometers
  • Trimble R3 GPS Receivers
  • Worden Master Series Gravimeter