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General Information Product 94

Core Research Center

By Joshua Hicks and Betty Adrian

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The Core Research Center (CRC) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), located at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colo., currently houses rock core from more than 8,500 boreholes representing about 1.7 million feet of rock core from 35 States and cuttings from 54,000 boreholes representing 238 million feet of drilling in 28 States. Although most of the boreholes are located in the Rocky Mountain region, the geologic and geographic diversity of samples have helped the CRC become one of the largest and most heavily used public core repositories in the United States.

Many of the boreholes represented in the collection were drilled for energy and mineral exploration, and many of the cores and cuttings were donated to the CRC by private companies in these industries. Some cores and cuttings were collected by the USGS along with other government agencies. Approximately one-half of the cores are slabbed and photographed. More than 18,000 thin sections and a large volume of analytical data from the cores and cuttings are also accessible. A growing collection of digital images of the cores are also becoming available on the CRC Web site Internet

Posted October 2009

For additional information contact:
Core Research Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Box 25046, MS 975
Building 810, Entrance S–25
Denver Federal Center
Lakewood, CO 80225

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Hicks, Joshua, and Adrian, Betty, 2009, Core Research Center: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 94, 2 p. (Also available at

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