Washington State University

School of the Environment

Watershed Lab

Steffen Center


Earth Science/Geology


The GeoAnalytical Lab offers XRF and ICP-MS bulk rock and mineral major and trace element analyses, analysis of aqueous solutions by ICP-MS, and micro-phase and mineral characterization by electron microbeam analysis.

X-ray Fluorescence Analysis

ThermoARL Advant’XP+ automated sequential wavelength spectrometer measures 29 major and trace elements (Si, Al, Ti, Fe, Mn, Ca, Mg, K, Na, P, Sc, V, Ni, Cr, Ba, Sr, Zr, Y, Rb, Nb, Ga, Cu, Zn, Pb, La, Ce, Th, Nd, U).

Dr. Scott Boroughs
Phone: 509-335-1626

ICP-MS Analysis

Agilent 7700 inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer measures 27 elements (14 REEs & Ba, Th, Nb, Y, Hf, Ta, U, Pb, Rb, Cs, Sr, Sc, Zr) on bulk rocks or minerals.

Dr. Scott Boroughs
Phone: 509-335-1626

Charles Knaack
Phone: 509-335-6742

Electron Microbeam Analysis

JEOL JXA-8500F field emission electron microprobe can image and analyze the chemical composition of most solid materials at spatial resolutions down to sub-micron scales.

Dr. Owen Neill
Phone: 509-335-6770

PNW Tephra Identification

Electron microprobe analysis of glass shards and comparison with existing database.

Dr. F.F. Foit, Jr.
Phone: 509-335-3093509-335-3093

Meteorite Inquiries

We do not identify meteorites. For further assistance please see the web page of Prof. Randy Korotev at this link:


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Peter Hooper GeoAnalytical Lab
School of the Environment

Webster 1228
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-2812

Fax: 509-335-3700

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