2018 UNAVCO Science Workshop - Field Trips
Field Trips - Thursday, March 29, 2018
UNAVCO has two concurrent field trips planned. Buses will load at 1:00pm in front of the hotel and return to the hotel by 5:00pm.
Option 1 - USGS Core Research Center & NSF Ice Core Facility Tour
Option 2 - UNAVCO Facility Tour
If you are interested in either field trip, please sign up during registration.
USGS Core Research Center & NSF Ice Core Facility Tour
USGS Core Research Center
The mission of the CRC is to preserve valuable, subterranean rock samples and fossils for continuing and future research by federal, state, academic, and industry stakeholders. The CRC houses more than 9,600 rock core wells and 52,000 cuttings wells representing 242 million linear feet of subsurface rock strata. These samples are primarily from USGS mineral assessments and private industry donations.
The CRC also maintains over 1.2 million fossils in the largest Federal fossil collection outside of the Smithsonian. These fossils were collected over more than 100 years by USGS paleontologists, and provided the basis for much of the geologic mapping of the Western U.S.
NSF Ice Core Facility
The National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility (formerly known as NICL) was established in 1993 and is located at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado. NSF-ICF is funded by the NSF and is housed administratively within the USGS, Core Science Systems Mission Area, which is responsible for all operational aspects of the facility.
The facility's most important responsibility is for the safe and secure storage and curation of ice cores that are collected primarily by NSF-sponsored projects. The laboratory also provides the opportunity for scientists to examine ice cores without having to travel to remote field sites. The main archive freezer is 55,000 cubic feet in size and is held at a temperature of -36°C. A second room for examination of ice cores, held at -24°C, is 12,000 cubic feet in size and is contiguous with the archive area. There is also a Class-100 HEPA-filtered, cold clean room. NSF-ICF also maintains space outside the freezer facility for material fabrication, storage, changing areas, offices, and visiting scientist workspace.
NSF-ICF currently stores over 19,000 meters of ice core collected from various locations in Antarctica, Greenland, and North America.
UNAVCO Facility Tour
This tour will highlight the engineering, equipment and data archive facilities and infrastructure in the UNAVCO Boulder office. There is no fee associated with this Tour