The Sanford Underground Laboratory at the former Homestake Gold Mine is a global center for science and engineering focused on particle physics. GGE faculty and students are actively working in support of lab development as well as potential expansion of non-physics research in the areas of geomechanics, geophysics, hydrology, geothermal potential, Precambrian structural development, and gold mineralization. Faculty are also supporting research efforts to bring the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment to SURF.

  • Geomechanics -- Rock stability assessments using LiDAR and photogrammetry
    -- Fractures persistence and roughness characterization
    -- Slow ground motion
  • Geophysics 
    -- P & S wave velocities
    -- Magnetic susceptibilities in cores
    -- Seismic tomography
    -- Seismic network development
  • Hydrology 
    -- Water level measurements and microclimate
    -- Flow characterization and transient pressure analysis in core holes
  • Geothermal
    -- Engineered geothermal systems
    -- THCMB experiments
    -- CO2 sequestration experiments
  • Controls on Giant Iron-Formation-Hosted Gold Mineralization, using Homestake drill core archives
    -- Characterization of mineralogic alteration spanning the biotite and garnet zones as a cause of gold deposition.
    -- Cause of gold ore localization only in synclinal fold hinges.
  • Sources of the gold, sulfur, arsenic and water


Larry Stetler: Geological engineering, Site characterization, 3D imaging
Nuri Uzunlar: Field geology, Energy resources (petroleum and geothermal), Economic geology

Alvis Lisenbee: Structural geology, Tectonics, Geologic mapping
Colin Paterson: Economic geology, Mineral resources, Petrology

William Roggenthen: Engineering geophysics