IODP Gulf Coast Repository

IODP Gulf Coast Repository



The International Ocean Discovery Program’s (IODP) Gulf Coast Repository (GCR) is located in the Research Park on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. This repository stores DSDP, ODP, and IODP cores from the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, and the Southern Ocean. The GCR houses over 100 kilometers of core in approximately 15,000 square feet of refrigerated space. In addition, the GCR stores thin section, smear slide, and residue collections, which are available to scientists for study. Available for download is the first of several presentations on the content of the GCR Core Collection: (A) The GCR Collection: From Alaska to Antarctica, and from Martinique to Macquarie Ridge: Part 1, January 2013; (B) The GCR also houses the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) Core Collection. This collection can be sampled and analyzed according to the Earthscope Data Policy. Another function of the GCR is to host tours and to promote the educational use of the cores. The repository maintains close links with the College of Geosciences and hosts a historical geology course each year.


Belem statement areas
Climate Variability
Ocean Observation
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