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CRC Entrance

Entrance to the CRC on the Denver Federal Center


About the Core Research Center

The Core Research Center (CRC) was established in 1974 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to preserve valuable rock cores for use by scientists and educators from government, industry, and academia. The cylindrical sections of rock are permanently stored and available for examination and testing at the core storage and research facility in Denver, Colorado. The CRC is currently one of the largest and most heavily used public core repositories in the United States. The CRC encourages use of its facility by all interested parties. Tours of the facility are available by appointment.

To find downloadable files for a well listed as having photos or thin sections or analysis in the Text-Based Search Results...

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IMPORTANT NOTICE for residents of AMERICAN SAMOA, ILLINOIS, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, AND WASHINGTON (STATE). According to the Department of Homeland Security, Driver’s Licenses issued by these states / territories are not “REAL ID compliant” and might not be accepted for entry to Federal facilities including the Denver Federal Center - home of the CRC. The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005, based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. The CRC is still waiting for more information on enforcement of the deadline as it applies to our facility. It may occur in 2016. If your ID is issued by one of the non-compliant states, please bring an alternative ID such as a U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport card, unexpired Federal employee badge, or a military identification card. More information about the REAL ID Act of 2005, and Secure Driver’s Licenses can be found on this page from the Department of Homeland Security:
The CRC apologizes for any inconvenience to our visitors.