Support for the curation of academic research cores, samples, and collections in the geosciences

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We've established space within the Bureau of Economic Geology's Houston Research Center (HRC) for the storage and curation of terrestrial scientific cores, rock samples, and collections acquired by NSF-funded research projects. The HRC will curate this material and facilitate continued access to and use of the material by researchers in the academic community. Geological curators, core handlers, and database researchers are present at the facility, maintaining metadata associated with the samples in a database compatible with geoscience cyberinfrastructure systems. The HRC was staffed this year by two on-site geologist/curators and four full-time core handlers; the facility is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Researchers can find information at the following website: http://www.beg.utexas.edu/crc/houston.htm, under the heading NSF Cores and Samples.

We've begun acquiring equipment needed by visiting researchers for examining and sampling materials stored at the HRC. Two high-quality petrographic microscopes and five binocular microscopes that were donated to the HRC were professionally refurbished. An additional binocular microscope has been donated and will be refurbished. A forklift for moving core boxes was also donated to the HRC.

A geological library was donated and has been set up in the HRC this year. The donation includes books, journals, monographs, maps, and State and Federal geological reports primarily in the areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and petroleum engineering. The library is open to the public; researchers and students visiting the HRC will benefit from the availability of this resource.

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