1. Laboratory for Isotope Studies of Bahia (LEI-Bahia)

The Laboratory for Isotope Studies of Bahia is the only of its kind in our state, optimal for the separation of Rb, Sr, and REE (Rare-earth elements) in a cleanroom (class 100 for the dry boxes and fume hoods and class 10000 for the rooms). We aim to determine the isotopic ratio of the separated elements for application in various areas of Geosciences (e.g., Petrology and Environmental Geology). The LEI-Bahia is part of a network of intermediate laboratories for sample preparation which are later analyzed in the solid-source mass spectrometers of USP, UnB, UFRGS and UFPA which  comprise the GeoChronos Network (National Network for Geochronologic, Geodynamic, and Environmental Studies) funded/sponsored by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI), the Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM), Petrobras, the Foundation for Research and Extension Programs in the State of São Paulo (FAPESP),

  1. Sample Preparation Room

Ar-conditioned room equipped with a Shatterbox®, a vibrating table, a crusher, and a Frantz separator.

  1. Petrology and Fluid Inclusion labs

The infrastructure includes the following: (I) four petrographic research microscopes (composed), three of them with photomicrography, and two with a subminiature camera, (II) two binocular magnifying glasses, one of them equipped with a 230V cold light illuminator and an adapter for a subminiature camera, (III) fluid inclusion equipment, LINKAM THSMG 600 linked to a NIKON microscope with a subminiature camera connected to a computer.

  1. Geoprocessing Laboratory for Metallogenic Modeling:

Equipped with a server, four desktop computers, two laptops, and geographic information system and digital image processing applications.

  1. Practical Classes Laboratory of Metallogeny and Mineral Exploration:

The laboratory features a vast collection of ores and rocks from Brazil, Canada, the USA, South Africa, Congo, Namibia, and Australia.

  1. Mineral Technology Laboratory – X-Rays:

This laboratory holds a BRUKER AXS S8 Tiger Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (WDXRF) with the software QUANT-EXPRESS and a BRUKER AXS D2 PHASE X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) with the X-Ray diffraction software DIFFRAC.SUITE™ (EVA and TOPAS).

  1. Petrography Laboratory:     

The laboratory has 6 reflected and transmitted light binocular microscopes, 3 binocular magnifying glasses, and a universal mechanical stage.

  1. Theoretical and Applied Stratigraphy Group (GETA) Laboratory:

This laboratory has four workstations, two HP® plotter printers, and several networked desktop PCs. We have the following applications available for seismic recording and modeling of sedimentary basins: IHS Kingdom suite, Halliburton/Landmark’s Geographix and Seisworks, DIONISOS (facies modeling), and Geosoft’s OASIS MONTAJ. The laboratory also owns a GF Gamma Surveyor II portable spectrometer for field research.

  1. Coral Reef Studies Laboratory:

The laboratory features: (i) Sony DCR PC 110 camera with waterproof housing, (ii) Sony PDI 170 camera with waterproof housing, (iii) Canon digital camera with waterproof housing, (iv) diving equipment (regulator, dive computers, buoyancy compensator, diving cylinders), (v) air compressor, (vi) salinometer/refractometer, (vii) ATLAS pneumatic drill, and (viii) pH meter, thermometers, GPS, Diving PAM underwater fluorometer, analytical balances, magnifying glasses, microscopes, etc. The laboratory also has an aquarium system for experiments with living corals.

  1. Coastal Studies Laboratory:

This facility includes: (i) GeoRadar, (ii) Meridata Integrated Seismic System (CHIRP, Boomer, and Sparker), (iii) Trimble Post Processing GPS, (IV) Furuno Echo Sounder, (v) Edgetech Side Scan Sonar, (vi) Edgetech Sub-Bottom Profiler, (vii) professional cameras, (viii) Navigation GPS, (ix) various samplers, (x) particle analyzer, (xi) lyophilizer, (xii) incubators, etc. We also have PCs with software for shallow seismic data processing (Sonarwiz and Meridata), bathymetric data (Fledermaus), Georadar (Radam and Reflex), and geographic information system (ArcGis).

  1. Physics Modeling Laboratory (LAMOD): 

LAMOD uses sandbox modeling for compressive, extensional, and transcurrent geological faults simulation through analog experiments. We perform geometric, kinematic, and deformation dynamics analyses, as well as comparative modeling of orogen formation, rift-type basins, transpressive and transextensive zones, and the tectonics of salt and clay domes with real nature situations. The laboratory owns a LAMOD deformation simulation counter, unique in Brazil, and also its software developed by Connect Io T.

  1. Plasma Laboratory and Water Analyses Laboratory (Annex):

These two laboratories perform the physicochemical analysis of water and liquids for the Graduate and Undergraduate programs. The laboratories have two separate air-conditioned places, divided in three sectors: (i) sample preparation sector; (ii) physicochemical analysis of water sector; (iii) analytical equipment sector. The laboratories also hold two fume hoods for organic materials and high laminar flow fume hoods. We also have all types of laboratory glassware, laboratory balances, Horibam spectrophotometer, pH meters, Eh meter, multiparameter quality meter, fluorometer, chlorimeter, water distillers and deionizers, and all other equipment necessary for water analysis.