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Division of Biogeoscience
Division of Geology and Geochemistry
Division of Urban Geograpahy and Regional Studies
Study Office

P.O. Box 64
(Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Department Office
Institute of Seismology

P.O. Box 68
(Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2b)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

phone +358 294 1911 (university exchange)
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Laboratories and Facilities

Laboratories and Facilities

Photo: Juhani Virkanen

The laboratories of the Department of Geosciences and Geography are divided into two administrative units. Environmental laboratories under the supervision of laboratory engineer Juhani Virkanen are focussed on solution chemistry. Mineralogical laboratories under the supervision of university instructor Pasi Heikkilä mostly deal with solid earth materials.

Environmental laboratories

Mineralogical laboratories

The mineralogical laboratories include electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), X-ray powder diffraction analysis (XRD), whole rock chemical analysis by wavelength dispersive X-ray spectrometry (WD-XRF), infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), fluid inclusion laboratory, stable isotope geochemical analysis, clastic sample grain size analysis (Malvern), and wide range of sample preparation laboratories (thin section preparation, crushing, powdering, sieving, etc.)

Isotope laboratories

Cooperation with other laboratories

Nordic Nordsim-laboratory

The department participates the activity and upkeeping of the Nordic Nordsim-laboratory. The researchers of the department can use the facilities that include a IMS 1280 secondary ion mass spectrometer.

Finnish Isotope Geosciences Laboratory

The department is a member of the Finnish Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (SIGL by its Finnish acronym), and participates both its activity and upkeeping. The facilities of the laboratory, including Nu multicollector laser ablation mass spectrometer, can be used by the researchers of the department.

Geoinformatics Learning Laboratories

The Department has three Geoinformatics Learning Laboratories and a Remote Sensing Laboratory which provide the researchers and students an access to the state-of-the-art hardware, software and data.

NOW-database office

The NOW (Neogene of the Old World) database contains information about Eurasian Miocene to Pleistocene land mammal taxa and localities. The NOW database is maintained and coordinated at the Division of Geology