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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.

Policy Updates and Reminders

Off-Site Use of CRC Core
In order to preserve the integrity of USGS Core Research Center cores, we will no longer be shipping cores off-site for workshops or displays. We will continue to allow local (Denver metro area) shipping for non-destructive analysis and core slabbing. We offer free workshop space and associated support services, and we encourage our stakeholders to take advantage of this by hosting workshops at the CRC. This new policy is intended to allow us to continue to provide you with the highest quality research and educational materials.

Privately-Owned Cores Brought to the CRC for Core Workshops
Workshops held at the CRC should primarily feature core from the CRC collection. Non-USGS core may be brought in for comparison, but it must be less than 25% of the total amount of core used for the workshop. The workshop sponsor assumes all responsibility for the privately-owned cores while at the CRC and in transit.

Amount of Material Allowed for Each Day of a CRC Appointment
The list of requested cores or cuttings must be submitted by noon on the business day prior to the appointment. The list should be in priority order. Before opening time on the scheduled day, the CRC staff will bring out as many of the requested wells as will fit in the allotted space. No additional core or cuttings will be gotten out during the rest of that day. If a visit is scheduled on consecutive days, the CRC staff will bring out a different set of wells for each day. Please plan for the appropriate number of days.

The CRC webpage will soon have a new look that matches the format of The Well Catalog page will remain the same.

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

Click on Library Number

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Call 1-877-864-1897 for Inclement Weather Closure Information
If the USGS / Denver Federal Center is Closed the CRC will be Closed

Important Notice Regarding Real ID Act Requirements for Entry to Federal Facilities
As of October 10, 2018, all states and territories are either compliant with the Real ID act or have extensions until 2019. The extension dates vary, ranging from January to October, so please check your state. Compliance status may affect TSA checkpoints or entry to Federal facilities including the Denver Federal Center - home of the CRC. PLEASE NOTE THAT EVEN IF YOUR STATE IS LISTED AS COMPLIANT, IF YOU HAVE AN OLDER LICENSE THAT DOES NOT MEET THE REAL ID ACT CRITERIA, YOU MAY HAVE DIFFICULTY ENTERING THE DENVER FEDERAL CENTER. The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005, based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. Please check the DHS website for the latest information on the compliance status of your state. If your ID was issued by a non-compliant or recently compliant state / territory, you might consider acquiring an alternative ID such as a U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport card. More information about the REAL ID Act of 2005, and Secure Driverís Licenses can be found on this page from the Department of Homeland Security:
The CRC apologizes for any inconvenience to our visitors.