The Geology Department's core laboratory is designed for both teaching and research. The focus of the lab is the analysis of lake sediment cores, but the analytical instruments available are also applicable to the analysis of soil samples, and samples of any unlithified sediment such as till, loess, and fluvial deposits. The Core Lab is located in Rooms 302 and 303 of the Olin Center. Core storage was included in the design of the Olin Center, which was completed in the Fall of 1998. About 100 meters of core can be stored in the Core Lab coolers, and many kilometers of core can be stored in the ~225 square foot walk-in Cold Room in the basement of the Olin Center. Since the mid-1990's the Geology Department has made the analysis of lake sediment cores one of their principle areas of research and teaching. The Sediment Core lab was designed specifically for the analysis of lake sediment cores for student and faculty research and for teaching the course Lakes and Environmental Change. In addition, the Lab has provided considerable support for the Environmental Studies Program and Ballston Lake Initiative at Union College.
Proceedure for some of the routine analyses that we perform are as follows:
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