Experimental EarthScape (XES) Basin


This SAFL-unique basin, also known as the "Jurassic Tank", is used to study delta and basin morphodynamics on geologic time scales. Its unique design incorporates the effects of tectonism on surface processes by simulating subsidence in the basin floor.


  • 6 m long x 3-9 m wide x 1 m deep (19.7 ft x 9.8-29.5 ft x 3.3 ft)
  • A facility-unique data carriage that is the most advanced at SAFL
  • High resolution photography (200 megapixels) to scan cut sections
  • Computer-controlled basin floor topography and water surface level (sea level)
  • An ultrasonic sonar scanner for sub-aqueous regions

Publications & Projects

See below for publications and projects associated with SAFL's Experimental Earth Scape Basin Facility: