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EAPS Facts

The mission of EAPS is to serve the citizens of Indiana, the United States, and the world through discovery that expands the realm of knowledge in basic and applied Earth, atmospheric, planetary and interdisciplinary sciences, learning through education and the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and engagement through the exchange of scientific skills and understanding.

Since 1988, the department has occupied a portion of the six-story addition to the Hampton Hall of Civil Engineering. EAPS occupies limited space on the ground floor, all of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors, and a rooftop observatory with access to rooftop instrumentation platforms. In total, EAPS has 50,449 square feet in the building divided into research labs (48%), teaching facilities (14%), and support operations (38%). Additionally, the Physics Building, houses the EAPS Rock Sample Processing and Research Facility.

The EAPS library is located in the Hampton Building and contains 36,336 monographs and bound journal volumes, 203,000 maps, and an aerial photograph collection. The collections and services of the EAPS Library are available to the entire university community, though this library primarily supports the research and instructional activities of the Department of the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences' faculty, students, and staff.

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Our research and teaching facilities occupy over 4400 square meters (41,000 sq. ft.) on four floors of the 1988 addition to the Civil Engineering building. The EAPS library contains 30,000 volumes, 200,000 maps, and an aerial photograph collection.

  • EAPS Research Facilities:
    • State-of-the-art automated electron microprobe
    • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, ion chromatograph, gamma ray spectrometer, equipment for high-temperature experimental petrology, X-ray crystallography, and microscopy
    • Stable-isotope laboratory, gas-source isotope ratio mass spectrometer
    • Magnetometers, gravimeters, and seismographs
    • Fluid inclusion facility
    • Complete wet-chemical lab for analysis
    • A network of surface water monitors/samplers
    • Acoustic and seismic imaging systems
    • Molecular biogeochemistry laboratory
    • Dual frequency Global Positioning System receivers
    • PRIME lab

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