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U.S. Polar Rock Repository at the Byrd Polar Research Center

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The United States Polar Rock Repository: A Geological Resource for Earth Science Research and Education  (Ohio State University Research Foundation -DO NOT USE)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The United States Polar Rock Repository is a national facility at the Byrd Polar Research Center.  The facility, which is located at The Ohio State University, is supported by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs. The repository houses rock collections from Antarctica and the Arctic, along with field notes, photos, maps, paleomagnetic cores, rock and mineral residues, thin sections, and microfossil mounts, microslides and residues.

Education & Outreach

The Facility offers teachers' guides and activities for elementary school students about Antarctica. It also has a Web Expedition for high school students. These activities have been designed to use as a supplement to Earth Science course of study. All of these materials have been created to align with National and Ohio Educational Standards. The activities will demonstrate what a remarkable place Antarctica is to both visit and study.

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  • two rocks from Transantarctic mountains
Fossilized wood from central Transantarctic Mountains
Peter Rejcek, National Science Foundation