Research and Educational Facilities

General Facilities


The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) is housed partly in the Hoffman Laboratory of Experimental Geology, which is directly connected with department classrooms and offices in the Geological Museum on Oxford Street. Some of the atmospheric sciences and physical oceanography are housed in Pierce Hall, just across Oxford Street from Hoffman Laboratory. Biological oceanography and paleontology are housed in the Geological Museum, with direct connection through the museum to the parts of the department housed in Hoffman...

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Microscope Lab

The EPS Microscope Lab located in Science Center lab room 314b features 8 high-powered Oympus BH-2 polarizing microscopes, one of which is fitted with a camera that can project images on a widescreen monitor via a laptop hookup. Additionally the room houses a large thin section collection and interpretive signage to assist with teaching the microscopic identification of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks as well as specific individual minerals. Lastly, the room contains a tall double-tiered cabinet where permanent lab sets can be assembled and stored, as well as lockable mounted...

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Teaching Lab and Collections

The EPS Teaching Labs and EPS Teaching Collections are located in rooms 312, 314, 314a, 314b, and 314d of the Harvard Science Center. These rooms may be reserved by professors and teaching fellows for lab sections of EPS or allied Gen Ed courses.

The EPS Teaching Collections consist of thousands of rock, mineral, and fossil samples as well as...

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Instructional Computing Classroom

The EPS Department maintains an Instructional Computing Facility (ICF) to support teaching and student research. The facility is located in Geological Museum 103C and includes 13 windows-based graphics workstations. Twin high-resolution projectors are attached to the instructor workstation to promote both instructor-led and peer-to-peer visual analysis and discussion.  In addition, there are 8 windows-based graphics workstations in classroom 103B that are available on a drop-in basis as needed.

The ICF currently hosts a variety of EPS graduate and undergraduate...

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