The Earth Resources, Research and Analysis (TERRA) Facility

Research Facility

The Earth Resources, Research and Analysis (TERRA) Facility
Memorial University
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

The Earth Resources Research and Analysis (TERRA) Facility is housed in the Department of Earth Sciences. TERRA provides chemical and physical analyses utilizing a large variety of instrumentation. Most laboratories have standard fee-for-service packages that are offered to the geological, archaelogical, environmental and biological communities. Research into new applications and techniques is on-going.


Geology, geochronology, isotope, teaching, elemental analysis

  • Biomedical
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Geomatics and Geodesy
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Industries
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Mining, Minerals and Metals

Research Facility

Brent Myron
Manager of Operations

Industry Liaison Officer

Matt Grimes
Technology Commercialization Officer

Equipment 8 piece(s)

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry combines the efficient ionization of a high-temperature argon plasma to the rapid scanning, high sensitivity and good resolution capabilities of a quadruple mass spectrometer. The technique can produce high quality concentration data for a large number of elements using an appropriate range of sample weights. Isotope ratios can be measured by ICPMS with sufficient precision for certain applications such as environmental lead source tracing. Isotope dilution may be used to determine concentrations of "difficult" or low-abundance elements.


For additional information regarding XRF analyses or to arrange services, please contact Pam King (

Finnigan MAT 262V TIMS
The TIMS uses 8 Faraday collectors and a SEM-ion counting system, and is used in isotope geochemistry and geochronology applications. The TIMS facility is supported by a class 100 clean lab for the preparation of 'clean' separates for the analysis of Rb/Sr and Nd/Sm isotopes from powdered rock samples and mineral separates. Common Pb separates for both powdered rock samples and mineral separates are also prepared in this facility.

Rigaku Ultima IV XRD
Powder and thin film XRD is a powerful, non-destructive analytical tool used for phase identification, quantitative analysis and the determination of crystal structures. It is used extensively in material characterization and in quality control for a wide range of materials, including fluids, metals, minerals, polymers and thin film coatings. The Ultima IV is a flexible, multi-purpose XRD. It incorporates fully automatic alignment and allows for fast, easy switching between focusing and parallel beam geometries without the need to reconfigure the system. The Ultima IV also features an automatic 10-position sample changer with spinner and a high temperature (1500oC) attachment.

These instruments have been ordered and will be installed next year.

Geotek Multi-Sensor Core Logger MSCL-S
The MSCL enables rapid and accurate geophysical measurements to be taken automatically on sediment or rock cores. The different configurations possible for the MSCL allow for analysis of either whole core sections (when in horizontal configuration) or split-core sections (when in vertical set-up). This logging system has a core pusher on a track with a short belt which pushes the cores through the complete sensor array by butting adjacent cores together to obtain continuous core data sets. Core sections between 50 – 150 mm in diameter and up to 1.55 m long can be logged at spatial intervals as low as a few millimeters. Cores must be contained in plastic liners. Measurement sensors are available for density/porosity by gamma ray attenuation, P-wave velocity of compressional waves, magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, reflectance, and imaging.

Horiba Partica LA-950 laser diffraction particle size analysis system
The Partica LA-950's optical design allows for rapid and simultaneous measurement of particle sizes ranging from 0.01 - 3000 um.

Craic QD1 202 Microspectrophotometer
Designed to measure the spectra of microscopic samples. It integrates three components: a microscope, an ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (350-1000 nm) spectrometer and a high resolution color digital imaging system. Capable of measuring absorbance, transmission, reflectance, polarization, and fluorescence spectra.

Date submitted: Mon, Jul 11, 2016 12:58 PM
Date updated: Mon, Jul 11, 2016 3:35 PM