Hanging out in -24 degrees C . . . This is cool science!

Posted by Patrice Rhoades-Baum


A brief report on my visit to the USGS Core Research Center and National Ice Core Lab

One of my brothers, John Rhoades, is a curator at the USGS Core Research Center at the Denver Federal Center. Recently, John gave me a personalized tour of the Core Research Center, along with a chilly visit of the National Ice Core Lab’s main archive freezer. The tour of the freezer was kept brief, thanks to the -24 degrees C temperature!

This science is cool stuff! Here’s an overview…

Patrice Rhoades-Baum visiting Nat'l Ice Core Lab

Patrice Rhoades-Baum visiting the main archive freezer at the National Ice Core Lab — briefly — due to the extremely cold temperature!


ICE CORE RESEARCH: Ice cores provide scientists and educators a unique glimpse into our environment. The National Ice Core Lab stores, curates, and studies ice cores recovered from glaciated regions of the world, including the ice core my brother John drilled in Antarctica!
Click HERE to learn more.




John Rhoades with CRC fossil collection

John Rhoades, curator at the USGS Core Research Center, shows a portion of the agency’s impressive fossil collection.

ROCK CORE RESEARCH: The USGS Core Research Center preserves and archives tons of drilled core samples, which are available for research. The cylindrical sections of rock offer geologists and other scientists in government, education, and the gas/oil industry a hands-on view of the rock layers beneath our feet.
Click HERE to learn more.

Sample rock cores

Sample rock cores







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