Wisconsin’s repository for core and rock samplesThe Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey's geologic repository—the Research Collections and Education Center—houses a variety of carefully organized and maintained earth-science materials. These collections are essential to improving our scientific understanding of the geology and natural resources of the state of Wisconsin. To date, the repository holds:
Individual rock samples
The present-day replacement cost of these materials is conservatively estimated to be $120 million to $140 million; many parts of the collections are unique and irreplaceable. Protecting these materials is vital because geologists frequently reanalyze existing samples as new environmental issues come to the forefront, as advances in technology and equipment allow for different types of analyses, and as geologic theory evolves.
The WGNHS Research Collections and Education Center includes approximately 20,000 square feet for the collections. In addition, as the name implies, the facility also has space for an educational area, giving Survey staff the opportunity to develop programs and workshops that have a hands-on component for groups interested in learning more about the geology and hydrogeology of Wisconsin.
Updated June 13, 2011