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June 3, 2011

Van Wickle Hall Provides Geology Students with all the Tools to Succeed

Originally serving as the Van Wickle Memorial Library from 1900-63, Van Wickle Hall houses Lafayette’s department of geology and environmental geosciences. The building meshes technology with a Romanesque Revival architectural style, which includes round arches with gargoyles, oak wainscot and paneling, terra-cotta decoration, and stained glass windows.

Students have full access to state-of-the-art computer, geophysical, hydrologic, optical, fluid-inclusion, and x-ray equipment. The Keck Hydraulics Laboratory allows students and faculty to model river behavior, examine sediment depositional environments, and create sedimentary bedforms.The department also has extensive mineral and fossil specimens in its Arthur Montgomery Mineral Collection.

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