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Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility

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Curation of National Antarctic Marine Sediment Collections  (Florida State University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Activities

The Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility (AMGRF) is a national repository for geological materials collected in polar regions.  The Facility is located on the campus of Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida.  It is supported by an operational grant from the National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs. The Facility houses over 20,000 meters of deep-sea core sediment and over 5,000 kg of dredge, trawl, and grab samples, the largest such Southern Ocean collection in the world. These materials have been acquired from over 90 USAP research vessel cruises.

The Facility also houses and curates nearly 3,000 meters of rotary cored geological material acquired by NSF supported drilling programs in the Antarctic. The Antarctic Research Facility provides on-site curatorial assistance to USAP investigators when requested. Recently, facility personnel provided curatorial support for the SHALDRIL and ANDRILL projects.

Education & Outreach

Members of the AMGRF curatorial team who participated in the ANDRILL-1 (MIS) project during the austral summer 2006/2007 have been conducting correspondence with students and teachers from the Holy Comforter Episcopal School in Tallahassee, Florida. The students followed the progress of the ANDRILL project via email and the ANDRILL website and have carried out their own research into Antarctic geoscience. The AMGRF team have made two visits to the school to give talks and answer students questions.

Over the past 12 months Facility personnel have conducted more than a dozen tours of the AMGRF to a variety of groups including: FSU Women in Science and Engineering (WIMSE), Tallahassee middle school teachers, middle school students from Challenger Learning Center summer program and SciCamp program for middle school girls interested in science careers.

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